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Celebrate America's Heroes in the founding city of Veterans Day

All Veterans Tribute Week

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 to Saturday, November 11, 2023

Emporia, KS - Multiple venues, see schedule below

Emporia is the Official Founding City of Veterans Day! Join us in November for a multi-day celebration to remember and honor our military veterans, including our traditional Veteran Day Parade.

Schedule of Events

Thru November 10

Quilts of Gratitude Quilt Exhibit
Emporia Public Library, 110 E. 6th Avenue
EPL hours

Nov 1 - Nov 12

Veteran Artists Gallery Exhibit
Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial Street
EAC hours

November 4

Veteran Artist Opening Reception
Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial Street
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 5

Freedom Fest
Ride | Run | Walk | Challenge
Register at emporiafreedomfest.org
All Veterans Memorial, times vary

Freedom Fest Open
Presented by Dynamic Discs
Register at discgolfscene.com
Soden’s Grove Park, 9 am & noon

Cottonwood River Bridge Assault
Demonstration - 101st Airborne Dog Company
All Veterans Memorial, 931 S. Commercial Street
2:00 pm

November 7

Honor a Veteran with a Blood Donation
Register at www.redcrossblood.org
American Legion, 2921 W. 12th Ave.
12:00 - 6:00 pm
Presented by:
American Legion & American Legion Auxiliary

November 9

FREE Showing: Go For Broke! w/Van Johnson
Lyon County History Center, 711 Commercial Street
7:00 pm
Presented by: No Coast Film Fest & Visit Emporia
FREE popcorn provided by: Lyon County State Bank

Veteran's Roundtable featuring 1LT Michael Yoho
ESU Memorial Union, Preston Room
7:30 pm
Sponsored by: ESU Liberal Arts & Sciences and Social Sciences, Sociology, and Criminology

November 11

Veterans Breakfast On-The-Go
Presbyterian Manor, 2300 Industrial Road
7:30 am to 9:30 am
RSVP to (620) 343-2613 by Nov 5

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

Ham and Been Feed
American Legion Post 5, 2921 W. 12th Ave.,
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Chicken & Noodles, Ham & Beans & Soups
VFW Post 1980, 932 Graphic Arts Road
12:00 - 3:00 pm

Josh Gracin in Concert
Emporia Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St.
7:00 pm
Buy Tickets

VFW Post 1980, 932 Graphic Arts Road
7:00 - 11:00 pm

November 12

ESU Football vs Northwest Missouri
Senior Day | Salute to Service
Welch Stadium
1:00 pm

November 13

Quilts of Gratitude Presentation Ceremony
Anderson Building, 2700 W US Hwy 50
1:00 pm

November 14-30

Veteran Artists "People's Choice" on Display
ESB Financial, 8th & Merchant
ESB Hours


child holding a patriotic sign at Emporia's Veterans Day parade

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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Save the Date

November 1, 2023 - November 11, 2023

Emporia, KS

All Veterans Tribute Week