Sacrifices, virtues focal points of Emporia's 60th Veterans Day

Monday marks the 60th anniversary celebration of Veterans Day in Emporia.

A parade kicked off the day's events, with nearly 60 entries participating, including marching bands from area schools.

After the parade, the All Veterans Memorial at Soden's Grove hosted their annual memorial service. Col. John Andrew, the chief of staff for the 35th Army Infantry Division out of Leavenworth and Monday's featured speaker, says he saw a community supporting veterans at the service -- and a strong presence from the community of veterans from all recent conflicts.

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Andrew says Veterans Day is an opportunity to preach the virtues led by veterans every day.

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The service included a pledge of allegiance, patriotic music including the national anthem and a 21-gun salute.

Veterans Tribute activities continued with the ham and bean feeds at the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. The core of All Veterans Tribute activities is now over, but you can still see the Veterans Artist Gallery exhibit at the Emporia Arts Center through Friday and the gallery winners at ESB Financial from Saturday through the end of the month. The Lyon County Historical Society exhibit, "The Whys and Whats of Veterans Day," will be at the Emporia Public Library for viewing all month.

On Friday, retired Marine Corps veteran Drew Nyman will join KVOE on Talk of Emporia, discussing his role in the Wounded Warrior Project.

KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.

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