WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this week introduced legislation honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation in the Army’s First Infantry Division. This bill authorizes these fallen soldiers’ names to be added to the First Division Moment located on White House grounds in Washington, D.C. The First Infantry Division was established in 1917 and has been on continuous active duty for more than 100 years.
“Since 1917, Big Red One soldiers have fought bravely to protect our nation from global threats and preserve freedom for all,” said Sen. Moran. “I am pleased to introduce legislation that will honor all fallen BRO soldiers at the monument that memorializes their sacrifice. As the Big Red One motto states: ‘No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great, Duty First!’ I am proud to represent Fort Riley and work with the Society of the First Division on this effort.”
The First Division Monument was developed by the Society of the First Division to honor the heroic efforts of those who fought in World War I. Additions have since been made to commemorate soldiers from the First Infantry Division who lost their lives in World War II, the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. Future additions will honor members of the First Infantry Division killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and future U.S. operations.
Item to note:
- U.S. Representative Roger Marshall (KS-01) last month introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
- Last year, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Sens. Moran and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to commemorate the Big Red One’s 100th Anniversary.