Fort Riley, Kansas

 

The History of the Fighting First

On June 8, the 1st Infantry Division will celebrate 100 continuous years of service to the nation.

 

The First Expeditionary Division was constituted in May 1917. The division was officially organized on June 8, 1917, in New York City before embarking to France and England to defeat the Central Powers.

 

The “Big Red One,” appropriately named due to its well-known and readily identified shoulder patch, was the first to fight in WWI, WWII and Vietnam and was the first to return to Iraq in 2014. Today, 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers continue to be on point for the nation with more than 5,700 Soldiers globally deployed.

 

The 1st Inf. Div. — America’s first division — has a proud and honorable history which reflects the heart of the American Soldier. Having fought in five wars, the 1st Inf. Div. is one of the most decorated divisions in the U.S. Army. It boasts 35 Medal of Honor recipients and more than 35 campaign participation credits.

 

Today’s 1ID Soldiers live the division motto as their courageous predecessors have — No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great, Duty First!

'BRO' 100th Anniversary News

Events

In celebration of the division’s centennial, the "Big Red One" is participating in the following events:

 

Victory Week *
 
   - Aug. 16-25, Fort Riley, KS


Victory Park 100th Year Monument Dedication *
    -Aug. 18, Fort Riley, KS

Victory Fest and Fireworks *
    -Aug. 19, Fort Riley, KS

USO Fort Riley Kids Fishing Derby
    -Aug. 20, Fort Riley, KS

Combined Regimental Lineage Ceremony *
    -Aug. 21, Fort Riley, KS

Victory Park Memorial Ceremony *
    -Aug. 22, Fort Riley, KS
 

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home *
 
   - Aug. 23, Fort Riley, KS

Division Review *
    -Aug. 25, Fort Riley, KS

Discovery Center Ribbon Cutting
     -Aug. 25, Manhattan, KS
 

Fall Apple Day Festival *
   - Sept. 23, Fort Riley, KS

 

Flint Hills Veterans' Coalition Veterans Day Parade *
   - Nov. 11, Manhattan, KS

 

* Community invited

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