Remembrance Day is observed annually on 11 November by Commonwealth and other European nations to honour soldiers who have died in service to their country. The same date is celebrated as Veterans Day in the United States, though this federal holiday pays tribute to all who have served in the U.S. military. Remembrance Day is marked in many Commonwealth nations by formal wreath-laying ceremonies and a two minute silence at 11 a.m., in memory of the armistice of World War I at 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In the United Kingdom, local ceremonies often take place on Remembrance Sunday, the one closest to Remembrance Day, when communities gather to lay synthetic poppy wreaths at their war memorials. The red poppy, made famous by the poem "In Flanders Fields," has become a symbol of wartime bloodshed.
At Dynamichrome we are marking the lead up to Remembrance Day by sharing a series of six photographs we have digitally reconstructed in colour for the Imperial War Museum London.
In this photograph, Troops of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, 85th Brigade, 28th Division manning a trench near Bairakli Jum'a, May 1917.
Color Reconstruction Jordan Lloyd
Words Emily L.W. Kern
Original Photograph by Ariel Varges
Format Black & White Photograph
Date May 1917
Location Bairakli Jum’a, Macedonia
Source The Imperial War Museums, IWM Q 32896