May 30, 2023

Fort Riley honors fallen soldiers at Memorial Day observance

Posted May 30, 2023 8:00 PM

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Fort Riley 2023 Memorial Day, photo by Becky Goff
Fort Riley 2023 Memorial Day, photo by Becky Goff

FORT RILEY - On Monday, Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division observed Memorial Day with a wreath-laying and ceremony at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery.

1st Infantry Division, Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Mullinax and US Senator Roger Marshall, recognized the importance of continuing Memorial Day observances while addressing the crowd.

Command Sgt. Maj. Mullinax spoke of his experience during his first deployment to Afghanistan, which began in December 2001, and his thoughts following the loss of three Soldiers from his unit just a few months later.

Sen. Marshall spoke about the more than 13,000 fallen Big Red One Soldiers who have lost their lives during the 106 years the 1st Infantry Division has been in existence.

Maj. Gen. John V. Meyer, Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, then joined Command Sgt. Maj. Mullinax and Senator Marshall to place a wreath in honor of those who died in service to the United States and are buried at Fort Riley.