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The RÃ©giment des Voltigeurs de Québec was founded in 1862 by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles-RenÃ©-LÃ©onidas de Salaberry, making it the oldest French-Canadian regiment. It was given its name to perpetuate the memory of the illustrious corps of Canadian Voltigeurs who, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry (the father of the Regiment’s founder), defeated the Americans at the battle of ChÃ¢teauguay. Originally, the Voltigeurs constituted an elite corps and fought on the flanks as sharpshooters. This role required a degree of camouflage, and the Voltigeurs wore dark-coloured uniforms. By tradition, the Regiment still wears black belts and crossbelts. The Voltigeurs de Québec are proud of their traditions and determined to perpetuate them. As a Reserve unit, the role of the Voltigeurs de Québec is to support the Regular Force in meeting Canada’s defence commitments.