Search the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's database for those who died in WW1 and WW2... http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx
You can also search for a local cemetery where you could take a moment to visit the graves of some of those who died from your local area... http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery.aspx
The history of why we wear the poppy at this time of year is explained here... http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/shipston/poppy-appeal/history-of-the-poppy-appeal
An article from the BBC on 'Thankful Villages'. After WW1, there were only 52 towns or villages which did not have a war memorial. By 1945, this number had fallen to just 14. This article looks at the story of those 'Thankful villages' and the symbolic importance of the war memorial.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15671943
Find you local war memorial here... http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".