They then attended a reception inside the Palace of Westminster organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces.
Philip Hammond said:
Along with a number of my fellow Members of Parliament, I was proud to have the opportunity to welcome 4th Mechanized Brigade home from Afghanistan at the Palace of Westminster. Their achievements in what remains an extremely tough and dangerous operational environment should not be underestimated.
As well as welcoming home those who have served, in particular we should remember those who have not returned. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.
A huge amount was achieved by the men and women of 4th Mechanized Brigade over our 6-month tour. Through their hard work and sacrifice, Afghanistan is a step closer to a peaceful future, with the insurgency weakened further and the Afghan forces now in the lead for security operations in their own country.
It has been a great honour to parade through Westminster and, on behalf of the brigade, I would like to thank the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces for extending this invitation to us.