The 8th Infantry Association participated in the rededication of the General Richard l Jones Armory on October 17,2020. General Jones was an African-American man who served in WWI and WWII and went on to serve as U. S. Ambassador to Liberia in 1955. A member of the 8th Infantry Illinois Regiment he was responsible for organizing the 178th Regimental Combat Team of Illinois in 1947. The armory located at 5200 S Cottage Grove was the first armory to be named after an Illinois Guardsman in 1970. Thanks to the Illinois National Guard for hosting this event.