On 3 and 5 December 2014, the French Foreign Legion’s engineering units celebrated Sainte Barbe (Saint Barbara), the patron of military engineers. While her feast day is on December 4, the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) conducted a parade in honor of Sainte Barbe on December 5.
The ceremony took place at Quartier général Rollet, the headquarters of 1er REG based in Laudun, southern France. 40 young volunteers from 4e RE finishing their first four weeks of basic training participated in the ceremony, to receive their new Képi blanc (White kepi) and to become legionnaires. The Foreign Legion Music was also involved in the ceremony.
Also another Foreign Legion engineering regiment celebrated Sainte Barbe. The 2e REG conducted a parade in honor of Sainte Barbe on December 3. The ceremony took place at the headquarters of 2e REG based in Saint Christol, southeastern France.
Karl Riegel – Légion étrangère
Legionnaires-sappers celebrated Sainte Barbe 2013
Foreign Legion: Bastille Day Military Parade 2014
1er REG: Official Video clip 2013
1er REG: History of the Legion’s first engineer regiment