On October 19, 2016, the 1st Foreign Regiment (1er RE) of the French Foreign Legion organized the fourth edition of the cross-country run called TRAIL. Hundreds of legionnaires and officers from almost all regiments of the Legion of mainland France participated in. See the official video…
On July 4, 2016, the Foreign Legion commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Belloy-en-Santerre. The battle, which occurred on July 4, 1916 near the river Somme in the Picardy region of northern France, was part of the Battle of Somme, the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. That day, hundreds of legionnaires were killed within a few hours, including the American poet Alan Seeger.
On July 14, France celebrates its National Day, Bastille Day. Every year, a military parade takes place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The French troops, including legionnaires from the French Foreign Legion, march down the street. In 2016, the Foreign Legion was represented, as usual, by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, being accompanied by the Foreign Legion Music Band. This year, 109 legionnaires from the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) also participated in the parade.
Every year, the French Foreign Legion commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Camerone, the most famous event in its history. Also in 2016, on April 30, Camerone Day, the officers, NCOs and legionnaires of the Foreign Legion commemorated the 153rd Anniversary of the battle. See Camerone Day videos from several Legion regiments.
A month ago, legionnaires from the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) came to offer a helping hand to the Foreign Legion’s Disabled Veterans Institution of Puyloubier, southern France. Every year, a group of active legionnaires from one of the regiments based in France is participating on grape harvesting in vineyards belonging to the Institution.
On July 14, France celebrated Bastille Day 2015 with a military parade in Paris. The French troops, including the French Foreign Legion, marched down the Champs-Elysées. The Legion was represented by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, accompanied by the Foreign Legion Music Band and the legionnaires from the 3rd Comapny of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI). The 3e REI was participating in the parade for the first time since it has been placed in French Guiana.