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All Veterans Memorial, times vary
Freedom Fest Open
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Soden’s Grove Park, 9 am & noon
Veterans Breakfast On-The-Go
Presbyterian Manor, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Veterans Day Parade
Commercial Street, 4th Ave – 12th Ave, 9:30 am
Parade Entry Form
Veterans Day Memorial Service
All Veterans Memorial, 11:00 am
Josh Gracin in Concert
Emporia Granada Theatre, 7":00 pm
History of Veterans Day
In 1953, Emporian Alvin J. King proposed that Armistice Day be changed to Veterans Day to recognize and honor all veterans from all wars and conflicts. The holiday was first organized and celebrated in Emporia in 1953. Kansas Congressman Ed Rees, also an Emporian, then took King’s proposal to Congress, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also of Kansas, signed the bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. The first nationwide observance of the new holiday was on November 11, 1954.
Every year now, the President of the United States urges all Americans to honor the commitment of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.
Read the Emporia Gazette article about the Founding of Veterans Day, and join us in November for All Veterans Tribute week!
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