Emporia All Veterans Tribute Committee
Emporia Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau
November 3-12, 2013
For more information:
call the Chamber & Visitors Bureau
at (620) 342-1803 or (800) 279-3730
History of Veterans Day. . .
On November 11, 1918, at 11:00 a.m., the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, memorial gestures took place universally to recognize the ending of World War I fighting. In 1926, November 11 was officially named Armistice Day through a congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “the War to end all Wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe.
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.
*All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
November 1-22 Veteran Artist Gallery Exhibit, Emporia Arts Center, emporiaksarts.org for hours
November 1-30 Library Display, Emporia Public Library, Library Hours
Tuesday, November 4 Veteran Artist Exhibit Reception, Emporia Arts Center, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursday, November 6 Veterans Breakfast, Emporia Senior Center, 8:00 am
Thursday, November 6 Concert “Marty Stewart”, Emporia Granada Theatre, 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 6 Veterans Military Roundtable “The Cost of War”, Preston Family Room-ESU, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 7-8 Emporia State University All Veterans Reunion
Friday, November 7 Veterans Show off Your Talent Show, Albert Taylor Hall-ESU, 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 8 Quilts of Valor Presentation, American Legion, 11:00 am (Quilts on display October 17 – November 7 at the Emporia Public Library)
Saturday, November 8 ESU Football vs. NW Missouri St, Welch Stadium-ESU, 2:00 pm (Veteran recognition at halftime)
Sunday, November 9 Freedom Fest Run/Walk/Ride and Tanker Tuff Challenge, All Veteran’s Memorial, 8:00 am (Prices & Registration online at allveteransday.org/freedomfest)
Sunday, November 9 Student Essay and Poster Awards, Emporia Middle School, 2:00 pm
Monday, November 10 Reception and Program “KS and the Civil War in American History”, Emporia Public Library, 5:30 pm
Monday, November 10 Museum Exhibit “Life Interrupted: Lyon County, Kansas and the Civil War
Tuesday, November 11 Veterans Breakfast, Presbyterian Manor, 7:00 am
Tuesday, November 11 Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Emporia, 9:30 am
Tuesday, November 11 Memorial Service, All Veteran’s Memorial, 11:00 am
Tuesday, November 11 Ham and Bean Feed, American Legion and VFW, 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 15 Emporia Symphony Orchestra presents Land of the Free, A Veterans Day Tribute, Albert Taylor Hall, 7:30 pm. Active Military and Veterans free with Military I.D.
November 24-30 Winning Veteran Artist Display, ESB Financial-8th & Merchant
Visit Emporia’s Veterans Memorials:
All Veterans Memorial, 933 S. Commercial.
Civil War Veterans Monument, Fremont Park, 4th & Union and Maplewood & Memorial Lawn Cemetaries, 2000 Prairie.
Mexican-American WWII Veterans Memorial, 205 S. Lawrence.
Spanish-American War Memorial, S. Neosho & Kansas Ave. in Peter Pan Park.
Veterans Hall of Honor, Emporia State University, Memorial Union. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
The Visitors Bureau is collecting Veteran’s Profiles to recognize Veterans. Deadline, October 1, each year for inclusion in print materials. For a Veteran’s Profile form, contact the Chamber & Visitors Bureau at (800) 279-3730, (620) 342-1803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.