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Emporia in Lyon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Alvin J. King

The Father of All Veterans Day

 
 
Alvin J. King Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2011
1. Alvin J. King Marker
Inscription.
Emporian Al King recognized the need for one holiday in memory of all veterans who served in all wars and he took action. He presented his idea to Kansas Congressman Ed Rees who sponsored a bill in the House of Representatives and then developed support for it through President Dwight D. Eisenhower. That bill was enacted into law whereupon Al King and his devoted wife Gertrude were guests of the White House for the Signing Ceremony on June 1, 1954.

A Grateful Nation
honors the memory of
Alvin J. King

 
Location. 38° 23.188′ N, 96° 10.866′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Kansas, in Lyon County. Touch for map. Marker is along the All Veterans Park Walk of Honor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 933 South Commercial Street (Kansas Route 99), Emporia KS 66801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Lt. William I. Loomis (here, next to this marker); PFC Floyd Everett Campbell (here, next to this marker); Colonel Edwin H. Hawes (here, next to this marker); Emporia's Mexican American Veterans Memorial (here,
All Veterans Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. All Veterans Memorial Park
next to this marker); Gold Star Mothers of America War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Emporia High School World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emporia.
 
Also see . . .
1. One of Many Congressional Resolutions Honoring Alvin J. King. (Submitted on November 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Brief History of Veterans Day by Williams American Legion Post 202. (Submitted on November 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, KoreanWar, World IWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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