Nov 21, 2019 10:21 AM

U.S. House passes bill recognizing fallen 1st Infantry Division Soldiers

Posted Nov 21, 2019 10:21 AM

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 1088, the First Infantry Recognition of Sacrifice in Theater Act, also known as the First Act.

Congressman Roger Marshall authored the legislation that will add names of 660 fallen Soldiers to the First Infantry Division Monument located west of the White House in Washington D. C. The names being added will be of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn ( Iraq ) and Operation Enduring Freedom ( Afghanistan ).

Following the passage of the bill Marshall issued a statement: "The monument currently commemorates nearly 13,000 Soldiers of the First Division killed while serving their country in every war since World War One." said Marshall. "The monument has not been updated since the war on radical Islam began. By passing the First Act today, we have ensured the 660 fallen Soldiers of the First Division who have since paid the ultimate sacrifice, are memorialized in-stone and never forgotten."

The First Infantry Division has called Fort Riley home for many years. The division has lead the U.S. into battle in every major conflict since World War I.