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LIVE MUSIC Listen to free summer concerts in Fremont Park as the Emporia Municipal Band plays American standards in a Norman Rockwell setting. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music and fireflies on Thursdays. Enjoy the Emporia Symphony Orchestra ensemble made up


Emporia is the official founding city of Veterans Day. We celebrated the first Veterans Day in 1953, a year before congress made it a National Holiday in 1954. The idea came from Emporian Alvin J. King, who suggested the renaming of Armistice Day. Emporia Congressman Ed Rees and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also of Kansas, took the final steps to create this reverent holiday. Every year, Emporia honors our veterans.

ALL VETERANS TRIBUTE The All Veterans Tribute is a two-week observance honoring our service men and women. Festivities include the Veterans Day Parade, Veteran Artist Exhibit, Quilts of Gratitude, Essay and Poster Contest, FreedomFest and more.

of community and university musicians. They perform a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary at Albert Taylor Hall as well as other venues.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Designated as a Historic District, Downtown Emporia (3001200 block of Commercial St.) is the place to go for local nightlife, cuisine, coffee, antiques and boutiques. With more than 17 architectural styles, including the Spanish Colonial Revival of the Historic Granada Theatre, a stroll down Commercial Street is an architecture lover’s dream.

VETERANS BANNER PROJECT Emporia started a national movement by dedicating street banners to individual veterans. A project of Emporia Main Street, see these tributes to local heroes along Commercial Street and Emporia State University every year around Veterans Day.

LYON COUNTY HISTORY CENTER The Lyon County History Center (711 Commercial St.) is more than a museum, it is a place to discover and share your history. With a Kid's Zone and a model train, this center is fun for all ages. You will experience history and connect with stories in new and memorable ways through guest speakers and traveling exhibits. Come be inspired in this community


center. Insightful conversations start here.

The All Veterans Memorial (933 S Commercial St.) features a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank, Vietnam Veteran Memorial with Huey Helicopter, USS Oliver Hazard Perry anchor and Purple Heart Memorial. Open daylight to 11 pm. (933 S Commercial St.)

SETTLER HISTORY Built in 1867 by a Welsh immigrant stone-mason, the Howe House & Welsh Farmstead (315 E. Logan Ave.) is one of the oldest homes in Emporia. This historic limestone home features original architecture and furnishings. Info and tours by appointment, 620-340-6310.



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