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Emporia State gears up for Veterans Day

October 31, 2014

When you’re the founding city of a national holiday, the event’s annual observance is always significant. But this year, Emporia’s status as the genesis of Veterans Day is even more noteworthy, given that the occasion has now been celebrated for 60 years.

To mark the occasion, Emporia State University is hosting the All-Veterans Reunion, with events scheduled for Nov. 6-8 and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

“Our Celebration of Service is an opportunity to both recognize Hornet veterans and say thank you,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations.

Chaired by two Emporia State distinguished alumni, Brig. Gen. William “Art” Bloomer ’55, and Maj. Gen. Kevin Leonard ’79, the celebration includes a variety of events on campus and throughout the community.

“Emporia State University has a long history of honoring our nation’s veterans, and this is simply one more way to show the world our university is truly a veteran-friendly campus,” Curtis continued.

Event Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 6

  • Veterans Military Roundtable, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Preston Family Room.

The roundtable program will feature Jeffery W. Hall ’97. Retired Major Hall has been a devoted advocate for all veterans, especially those who suffer from post-traumatic stress. Having experienced this disorder himself, Hall will share a personal story and discuss treatments. 

Friday, Nov. 7

  • Registration and Alumni Reception, 5-7 p.m., Memorial Union KSTC Ballroom and Bloomer Veterans Hall of Honor
  • All Veterans Talent Show, 7 p.m., Plumb Hall, Albert Taylor Hall

Saturday, Nov. 8

  • Coffee, donuts and campus tours, 9:30 a.m., Memorial Union Bookstore
  • All Veterans Luncheon, Noon, Memorial Union KSTC Ballroom
  • Emporia State vs. Northwest Missouri State football game, 2 p.m., Welch Stadium

Sunday, Nov. 9

  • Freedom Fest Run/Walk/Bike, 8 a.m., All-Veterans Memorial, 933 S. Commercial

Tuesday, Nov. 11

  • Veterans Breakfast, starting at 7 a.m., Presbyterian Manor.
  • Parade, starting at 9:30 a.m. along Commercial Street
  • All-Veterans Memorial Service, 11 a.m., All Veterans Memorial
  • Ham and Bean Feed, Noon, American Legion and VFW

Saturday, Nov. 15

  • Emporia Symphony Orchestra presents “Land of the Free: A Veterans Day Tribute,” 7:30 p.m., Plumb Hall Albert Taylor Hall. Active military and veterans admitted free with military ID.

For more information or to make a reservation for the Friday night reception or Saturday luncheon, call the Alumni Relations Office at 620-341-6476 by Tuesday, Nov. 4.  

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