The 2e REP and 1er REC were decorated

On the 11th July 2013, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) and the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) of the French Foreign Legion were decorated by Army General Bertrand Ract-Madoux, commander of the French Army, at Les Invalides in Paris. The regiments also participated at the Prises d’Armes military ceremony in the garden of the French Senate two days later. See a few images and videos.

The 2e REP was decorated because of its engagement in the Pamir operation in Afghanistan in 2011. It is the second decoration for this regiment due to the War in Afghanistan. The 2e REP has obtained its second fourragère (a braided cord military award, distinguishing military units as a whole), this one of the Cross for Military Valour ribbon colour. Its flag was also decorated by the Cross for Military Valour with a palm.

The 1er REC flag was decorated by the Cross for Military Valour with a palm, because of the Tacaud operation in Chad in 1978.

The regiments were presented on the Prises d’Armes military ceremony in the garden of the French Senate – the Jardin du Luxembourg (the second largest public park in Paris) two days later (July 13, 2013).

11th July 2013 - legionnaires in front of Les Invalides
11th July 2013 – the legionnaires of the 1er REC and 2e REP at Les Invalides, ready for decoration
2e REP new fourragères
New fourragères for the 2e REP
2e REP flag decorated
Decorating of the 2e REP flag by the Army General Bertrand Ract-Madoux
1er REC flag decorated
Decorating of the 1er REC flag
legionnaires in front of the French Senate
The 13th July 2013 – in front of the French Senate during the Prises d’Armes ceremony
legionnaire of the 2e REP in front of the French Senate
Legionnaire (a NCO) of the 2e REP already with the two fourragères during the Prises d’Armes ceremony

1er REC and 2e REP in front of the French Senate 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TElWSOdNr84
Decoration on the 11th July 2013 at Les Invalides

 

The military ceremony on the 13th July 2013 in front of the French Senate

Source of images:
Légion étrangère official website