On July 13th, 2018 NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece Headquarters (NRDC-GR HQ) celebrated altogether the French Flag and the French National Day with a flag raising ceremony. The event honored with their presence Commander of NRDC-GR, the French consul of Thessaloniki, the entire staff of the HQ as well as French invitees living in Thessaloniki.
According to a speech delivered by the French Senior National Representative in the HQ both the Flag and the national day find their origins during the French Revolution era, in the last decade of the eighteenth century. During the revolutionary war, three-color flags were given directly to the military units, as symbols of their status and responsibilities, as the “The French People in arms”. Since France has kept the same flag, and military units still have their own official three colored combat flag.
The French National Flag is formed with three colored vertical stripes of the same size. Blue and red come from the colors of the militia of Paris, which was of specific influence during these very violent times. The white was the traditional color of the Monarchy.
Today Article 2 of the current constitution specifies: “the national emblem is the blue white red three-color flag”.
As for the national day, the 14th of July celebrates two discrete events. Firstly, on the 14th of July seventeen eighty-nine (1789) the people of Paris assaulted LA BASTILLE, a castle that was a royal jail. Its fall appeared as the symbol of the end of the absolutism, and by extension became a celebration of the Republic. Secondly, one year later, on the 14th of July seventeen ninety (1790), the revolutionary regime celebrated magnificently but peacefully this time the Federation Day, gathering representatives from all over of France, thus representing national unity.
NRDC-GR Commander expressed his congratulation to the French contingent and the French representatives for this day and pointed out that NRDC-GR is proud too, having them among its staff and grateful for their significant contribution to all the last years' successes. The event concluded with a reception that took place in the premises of the HQ.