I’ve chosen to honor the Pionniers of la Legion Etrangere, all of whom wear beards as a matter of traditional pride. There is a pionnier platoon that does the ceremonial marching at the head of any particular French Foreign Legion regiment. They don the traditional symbols of Napoleonic sappers, wearing aprons and carrying axes – and marching at the 88-step per minute marching speed of the Legion. (the rest of the French Army marches at 106 steps per minute) The FFL is always the last unit to march in any given parade. The Pionniers march at the head of the Legion in a place of honor. During World War 1, so many of the FFL engineers died in combat that they were allowed to wear beards. The practice became tradition.
* If it’s all out at the same time, my home looks a bit like the Imperial War Museum.