Annual veterans banner project unveils new selection format

Banners adorn Commercial Street during last years Veterans Day weekend. Banners adorn Commercial Street during last years Veterans Day weekend. KVOE File Photo

With Veteran's Day coming this fall, Emporia Main Street held a special lottery drawing Monday to enhance the city's annual All Veterans Tribute activities.

Families from across the country entered the names of loved ones to be placed on one of the sixteen banners as part of the veteran's banner project. The banners are adorned with the names and photos of former military servicemen and servicewomen. They are then displayed from Kellogg Circle at Emporia State University south down Commercial Street to the All Veterans Memorial in Soden's Grove.

In years past, the veterans were selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Emporia Main Street Director Casey Woods explains why they decided to make a change to the selection format.


Over the past five years, the project has expanded greatly, capturing national attention and influencing cities across the country.


Woods says with the success of the banners there are plans already in motion for new projects in the near future.


Those who were selected in the lottery have two weeks to deliver the photo of their loved one and their $200 for the banner. The banners are displayed for three to four weeks this fall, including the entirety of All Veterans Tribute activities in Emporia. They are also displayed for four successive years before they are retired.

For more information about the veterans banner project, call Main Street at 340-6430 or go online to

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