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Ceremony of Award of the Legion of Honour to Belgrade

Ceremony of Award of the Legion of Honour to Belgrade

  • Date: 30 January 1921
  • Technique: photograph
  • Dimensions: 14 х 8,8 cm
  • Inventory number: I2/1 1111

For its heroic conduct in World War I Belgrade was awarded the highest French military decoration – Cross of the Knight of the Legion of Honour. The President of the French Republic signed the document relating to the award of the decoration on 21 December 1920. Before that date, the Order was conferred only on the Belgian town of Liege. The ceremonial award took place at a meeting of the appropriate committee, in the National Assembly Hall. At the same meeting, it was decided to rename the Theatre Street, which became French Street (Francuska ulica). It was also decided to proclaim Franchet d'Esperey a freeman of the city of Belgrade. At the same ceremony, Franchet d'Esperey was declared Honorary Duke (vojvoda) of the Serbian Army. Upon the closure of the meeting, Crown Prince Alexander and General d'Esperey, escorted by the Guard, proceeded to Terazije Square, where the Belgrade Garrison troops passed in review with the General taking the salute. The document conferring the high decoration upon the city was presented to the president of the local authority of Belgrade for safekeeping. It remained on the premises of the Town Hall until World War II whereupon any track of it was lost.

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