Due to popular demand and hard work from volunteers, the city of Emporia and architect Dave Emig, three more tablets adding almost another 240 names will be available. The new tablets and nameplates will be place when filled and engraved. The committee hopes to place the three new tablets of honor prior to Veterans Day 2017. For more information visit KVOE's new story: http://kvoe.com/newsedit/17773-tablets-of-honor-adding-more-stones
The first of four tablets of honor has been set (as of 9/21/16) at the All Veterans Memorial. KVOE did a great story about it. Go to KVOE.com and select News - do a search for Tablet of Honor. Over the next few months the rest of the tablets will be set. Upon completion of all ten tablets, a directory and information center will be placed for all who wish to visit the All Veterans Memorial.
First tablet is complete and still names are coming in! Watch our stone and metal artists restore our plaques and build our tablets of honor through the picture slide show. You can also watch our contractors and the City of Emporia prepare and install the tablets at the All Veterans Memorial.
We currently have 699 names (as of 6/21/16) and more coming in.
Download the names roster to verfiy if your nameplate request is on the list (as of 6/21/16):
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April 6th, 2016
Written by Bruce Rosenbloom
Emporia city commissioners held a meeting on Wednesday. Over the course of the meeting, the commission approved several motions that stand to affect local laws, housing developments, and the overall quality of life for Emporia residents.
An $85,000 base bid from Emporia Construction for the "Tablets of Honor," an enhancement to the Emporia All Veterans Memorial, was approved by the commission after the city had granted $180,000 previously to the overall project. This enhancement includes a general restoration of the memorial as well as the addition of six granite tablets to be used for recording the names of anyone who served in the US Armed Forces. Assistant City Manager Jim Witt reaffirmed the city's commitment to the project and commented on its significance to the community.
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by Jesse Murphy
A recent article in The Gazette spread the word to the public that space was available to put the names of veterans on granite tablets at the All Veterans Memorial here in Emporia.
As the founding city of Veteran’s Day, the All Veterans Memorial was fittingly the first of its kind in the nation, honoring soldiers from every war and every branch.
Now, even those who didn’t serve in conflicts or have combat experience can be honored, and that is a great thing.
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Memorial Day services will be held across the county Monday.
According to the Department on Veterans Affairs, three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
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While visiting and covering Emporia for the Glass Blown Open tournament Ed stopped by and visited our beautiful All Veterans Memorial. Here's a few photos he has shared with us and a brief comment:
"If my father-in-law was still with us, the Sherman would have triggered some emotional memories as that is the tank he drove in North Africa and as I mentioned, was hit by a German shell. He was fortunate to be pulled out of the burning tank by U.S. infantryman. I don't think the rest of his crew survived as I recall."
All photos rights reserved by:
Ed Alfaro Photography
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.
Will you answer the call! Please join us for a family friendly morning at FreedomFest 2014. Celebrate our annual patriotic event dedicated to raising funds for the All Veterans Memorial and the local military family support group.
Rain or shine walk, run, or ride your bike in our FreedomFest Fun Run and Gravel Rides. New this year is a chance to test your skills with our TANKER TUFF course.
Signup online at www.emporiamainstreet.com or call (620) 340-6430 to learn more. All events take place at Soden’s Grove and the Emporia All Veterans Memorial Sunday morning from 0800hrs to 1100hrs on November 9th.
Brought to you by the volunteers of the All Veterans Memorial Committee, Emporia Main Street, KVOE, Birch Communications, BLI, and over 100 community sponsors.
(Emporia, KS) The All Veterans Memorial is seeking photos, stories and memories from area Veterans, family members and friends. Photos and stories will collected and shared during All Veterans Week in 2014.
The 60th National All Veterans Day will take place November 11, 2014. Emporia, founding city of All Veterans Day, will celebrate their 61st All Veterans Day service and week of activities.
All pictures must either be a digital/scanned copy of the original. No original copies will be accepted. Photos must be at least 100dpi resolution or higher.
Written memories can be accepted in any format. Stories will be recorded and narrated by our volunteers.
If you need assistance please email committee member Steve Harmon at email@example.com.