1st Division Celebrates History at Fort Riley

By: AP
By: AP

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ Thousands of soldiers, family and
supporters are gathering at Fort Riley this week to celebrate the
Army's oldest division.

It's the first time that the 1st Infantry Division has staged
Victory Week. It's meant to honor not only the division's heritage
but members who have fallen in combat, including in Iraq and
Afghanistan.

Today's festivities began with a 5-mile run by 12,000 soldiers
shortly after dawn.

Their formation -- six soldiers across -- stretched more than a
half mile around Custer Hill, where the division has its
headquarters.

The week's activities include athletic competitions and a
ceremony Thursday.

The 1st Division, known as the Big Red One, formed in 1917, for
World War I.


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