JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- An organization of thousands of soldiers and veterans now has a new home base near Fort Riley, uniting those who have served in the 1st Infantry Division.
The Society of the 1st Infantry Division cut the ribbon on their new office at 452 Grant Avenue in Junction City Wednesday.
The non-profit association relocated their headquarters from Philadelphia to Junction City to be closer to Fort Riley.
"It was very important to me after seeing the camaraderie and the support this community has for the soldiers at Fort Riley to bring this office here where it should be, right next to the soldiers. We have guys in our society that actually served during the Battle of the Bulge, they were on the beaches of Normandy, they traveled with the 1st Infantry Division all through Europe, all the way through every generation of soldier that we’ve had since then," said Buddy Wallace, Executive Director Society of the 1st Infantry Division and retired Command Sergeant Major at Fort Riley.
The society provides a number of resources to soldiers and their families as well as veterans who become members. They organize reunions, participate in memorial services, operate scholarship programs and provide emergency assistance to soldiers in the form of grants.
It was founded in 1919 by members of the division that deployed to France in WWI and now has 10,000 members.
The society can be reached at 785-579-6761 or toll free at 855-236-7076.