Ivy Week Begins
Last updated 5/24/2022 at 3:03pm | View PDF
The 4th Infantry Division kicked off its annual Ivy Week competition Monday morning with a secret obstacle course to commemorate the division's heroic D-Day efforts at Utah Beach.
More than 23 battalion teams, approximately 6,000 Soldiers, tackled the course; however, all of the obstacles remained a complete mystery to participants until the rules were read and the event began.
The intent of this year's Ivy Week is to recognize and honor the 4th Inf. Div.'s legacy, test Soldier and unit readiness and build Ivy Spirit.
On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the 4th Inf. Div. was the spearhead seaborne division that stormed the beaches in Normandy, France.
The division later went on to liberate Cherbourg, along with the 9th Infantry Division. Soldiers from the 4th Inf. Div. also led the St. Lo breakout, were the first Allied troops into Paris, and were the first to penetrate the Siegfried line during the first four months of the eleven-month fight across Europe.