Emporia celebrates Veterans Day 2017

Emporians took time to celebrate the many veterans across the globe Saturday.
The founding city of Veterans Day continued its tradition saluting veterans past and present all week and it was on display Saturday -- beginning with a free breakfast at Presbyterian Manor, followed by a large turnout despite the weather for the parade and memorial service.
The featured speaker at the memorial service was Colonel Thomas Burke, Commander of the 130th Field Artillery Brigade with the Kansas Army National Guard. Colonel Burke has had a 36-year career in the military and says there are several things we can learn from our veterans.
This was Col. Burke's first Veteran's Day visit to Emporia. He says he was impressed with the way the city embraces its veterans.
The memorial service also featured an update on the progress of the Tablets of Honor project at the All Veterans Memorial. Project spokesman Frank Lowery says the project continues to grow.
Lowery says the weather didn't deter people from coming out because they love their veterans, something he says is a two-way street.
The memorial service closed with a 21 gun salute and Taps.
Ham and bean feeds at the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts also were well attended.