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Fort Riley Victory Week Honors Fallen Soldiers

By: Monty Thompson
By: Monty Thompson

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Fort Riley has spent the week celebrating 97 years of the “Big Red One” and the 239th birthday of the Army.

While Victory Week is a time for celebration, it is also a time to honor the sacrifices made by the men and women who fell while serving with the division.

On Thursday, soldiers, friends and families filled Victory Park as seven names of those who died in the last year while serving with the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1st Combat Aviation Brigade in Afghanistan were added to a list dating back to 2001.

"He was honored," said Gold Star Family member Sabina Edwards. "He was honored and he was so privileged, and we knew this we knew this when we got a lot of his personal effects back because everything he had had a Big Red One on it."

Following the ceremony, a room in the Cantigny Dining Facility was dedicated in honor of the division’s Medal of Honor recipients.

Victory Week concludes on Friday with a division-wide run and the Victory Retreat ceremony.

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