[Hong Kong, November 7. Image via Getty.]

A girl carries a red poppy to honour fallen soldiers and civilians in wartime for Remembrance Day in Hong Kong on November 7, 2009. Remembrance Day was instituted on this day in 1919 to commemorate the sacrifices of the armed force and cilvilians in wartime since the First World War and is officially observed on November 11, the day that World War I hostilities formally ended in 1918. Over 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen died in the 1941 Battle of Hong Kong when Japanese forces launched an invasion of the then-British Crown colony during World War II. AFP PHOTO/DANIEL SORABJI (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)