U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall and U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, all of Kansas, introduced legislation Thursday to honor fallen soldiers from the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.
Their intent is to update the names of fallen soldiers to the First Division Monument in Washington, D.C.
“For over 100 years, soldiers of the Big Red One have been tasked with the mission and carried the burden that comes with making certain our great nation remains free,” Moran said in a statement. “There is no group more worthy of being honored than those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, and I am proud to represent Fort Riley and work with the Society of the First Division on this effort.”
The Army established the Big Red One, headquartered at Fort Riley, in 1917.
The Society of the First Division developed the First Division Monument, located on White House grounds, to honor those who fought in World War I. Further additions have been made to commemorate soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division who died in World War II, the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. More changes will be added to honor members killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and other U.S. operations.