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Congressman Roger Marshall

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

Marshall Introduces Bill Honoring Fallen Big Red One Soldiers

March 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today Rep. Marshall introduced legislation honoring those that have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the First Infantry Division. This bill allows those soldiers’ names to be added to the First Division Monument on the White House grounds.

The First Infantry Division was established in 1917 and has been on continuous active duty for more than 100 years.

“It is with great honor that I introduced legislation that will recognize our First Infantry Division fallen heroes,” Rep. Marshall said. “These men and women in uniform sacrificed their lives for our nation and I am humbled and proud to recognize our fallen service members on this historic monument at the White House.”

The monument was developed by the Society of the First Division, to honor the heroic efforts of the soldiers who fought in World War I. Throughout the years, additions have been made to commemorate soldiers from the First Infantry Division who lost their lives in World War II, Vietnam War, and Desert Storm.

The future additions will honor the members of the First Infantry Division killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and future U.S. operations.

The First Infantry Division has called Fort Riley home since 1955.  

  • The First Division monument was built in 1924 and is located on White House grounds.
  • The Commemorative Works Act requires Congressional approval to make modifications or additions to the monument.
  • No federal funds will be used to pay for the modifcations made to the Monument. 

READ MORE: Here’s a link to the monument’s page on the National Park Service website.