Good Question - Was Veterans Day An Emporia Man's Idea?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Did an Emporia man come up with the idea to honor our armed forces with a Veterans Day? Good question.

While there is a Kansas connection to the origin of Veterans Day, honoring those who have served our country with a special holiday was not entirely the idea of a Kansas man named Alvin King.

Armistice Day had already been around since the early 1930's when in 1953, King, a local shoe cobbler in Emporia, had the idea of changing Armistice Day. Armistice Day celebrated those who served in World War I. King wanted to change the day to celebrate all veterans.

King got Emporia's Chamber of Commerce and Kansas Congressman Ed Rees involved. Representative Rees, also from Emporia, helped push the bill through congress. President Eisenhower, of Abilene, Kansas, signed Bill HR7786 into law changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

So, three Kansans teamed up to create a day to give thanks to all veterans. King, Rees, and President Eisenhower. If you have a good questions, send it to We'll do our best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 6.

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