Emporia is proud to be the Official Founding City of Veterans Day!
Each November a multi-day celebration known as the All Veterans Tribute occurs to remember and honor our military veterans. Numerous events are organized in the community including a parade, memorial service, veteran artist exhibit, roundtable discussions, tribute show, Freedom Fest run, ride, and disc golf events, and more.
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. Veterans Day 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 Veterans Day 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.
In 2011, Emporia was honored to be a top 6 finalist in Rand McNally’s Most Patriotic City contest.
Read the Emporia Gazette article about the Founding of Veterans Day.
This beautiful memorial next to the Cottonwood River features a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank, Vietnam Veteran Memorial with Huey Helicopter, USS Oliver Hazard Perry anchor and Purple… Read more
Banners dedicated to individual veterans are hung along Commercial Street every year around Veterans Day. Stroll around downtown and read the profiles of the men and women who have protected… Read more