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Discover Emporia and OUr All VEterans Tribute during Emporia Freedom fest and the mont of november!






LCSB Freedom Run (1mi/5K/10K)  

This is a traditional 5K/10K Freedom Run/Walk or Stroll.   For beginners we do have the one mile walk or run - a great opportunity to get some fresh air, bring the young kids or those just starting an exercise program. We encourage you to wear your most patriotic outfits for this event!

Freedom Run proceeds support the beautification and maintenance of the Emporia All Veterans Memorial Park.  Virtual Freedom Run goes from 11 SEP to 11 NOV.  Simply submit your time and a photo of your completed 5K or 1 Miler to to receive your SWAG!


EANGKS Kansas Proud 12mi (Run or Ruck)

The military has a proud tradition of fitness and being ready for anything.  We also enjoy running!   Join veterans, military, and civilians who enjoy celebrating our Kansas National Guard and support of our Veterans.  Hosted by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas, this event gives you the opportunity to run, walk or ruck march with fellow patriots and supporters of our Kansas Citizen Soldiers.  To be a military "ruckmaster" stuff your ruck with at least 35 lbs of food to be donated to your locate food pantry/charity since we are 100% virtual this year for this event. Your goal is to complete the 12 miles in under 3 hours!



Net proceeds support programs dedicated to the Soldiers and Airmen of the Kansas National Guard.  Food items are donated to our Salvation Army Food Pantry in Emporia Kansas.

Gravel City Adventure & Supply / Timmerman 16mi Gravel Ride
USD 252 Honor Flight 25mi Gravel Ride
Eisenhower 40 Mile Gravel Ride

Named after Emporian and WW II Tanker and Medal of Honor Recipient,  the Timmerman 16 mile gravel grinder is a great ride for all ability levels.  Designed for the casual gravel rider or newer gravel rider.  Virtual Gravel City 16mi is from 11 SEP to 11 NOV.  Simply send us your completion time, a picture of you on the course, or at the finish, and if possible have your route go by your special Veterans Memorial or site dedicated to the Military in your area.

The USD 252 Honor Flight Ride suports the USD 252 South Lyon County High Schools Veterans Honor Flights.   

Named after Kansas, President, Allied Supreme Commander in WWII and a University President,  The 40 mile fast paced Gravel Grinder can be ridden by itself or as part of the Gravel City Adventure and Supply Spur Ride Challenge.  The route covers 40 miles of the beautiful Flint Hills in Southern Lyon County.   Virtual Gravel City 40 miler is from 11 SEP to 11 NOV.  Simply send us your completion time, a picture of you on the course, or at the finish, and if possible have your route go by your special Veterans Memorial or site dedicated to the Military in your area.

Dynamic Discs Freedom Fest Open

Try your skills at the Dynamic Disc Freedom Fest Open -  18 holes at the Eric McCabe designed course at Soden's Grove, Emporia, Kansas.  This event course is only available during Emporia Freedom Fest!

Leap of Faith
Will to Win Spur Challenge

This challenge tests your endurance and gives you a taste of the skills required to be a Armor/Cavalry Soldier.  The event requires each participant to:

  • Complete the 5K LCSB Freedom Run

  • Transition to 40 Miler Eisenhower Gravel Grinder

  • Complete the Spur Readiness Test - a skills lane testing basic Cavalry Soldier Skills.

There are additional retirements that can be found at the Spur Ride challenge website.

Successful completion of the challenge will receive the honorary Silver Spur.  2-4th year completers receive leather tabs to attach to their silver spur.  5th-year competitors receive the Gold Cavalry Spur.   Successful candidates who will be inducted into the association from members of the 137th Order of the Spur and will become auxiliary members.



and Displays - 

Emporia Freedom Fest Expo

Numerous vehicles, military displays, and even a finish line will be at the Lyon County Fair Grounds on the 9th of November.  Here is a sampling of what you can expect:

Dog Co  101st ABN  WWII Re-enactors Demonstrations & Display

Enjoy as re-enactors of Dog Company 101st ABN
take Sodens' Grove Bridge from the enemy.

900-1200  Equipment/Uniform and Vehicle Displays

1230-100  Clearing the Bridge Reenactment

Kansas Army National Guard

- Military Tracked and Wheeled Vehicles Display

- Climbing Wall

Emporia Freedom Fest Events

Community Events

VFW Post 1980  Sponsors Activities:

 OCTOBER 2, 2021
VFW Post 1980


Emporia 2021 Armor Reunion (137th/635th) 5 NOV  7pm-9pm
Location to be determined

All Soldiers for Life who were stationed at the Emporia National Guard Armory (any unit) are welcome to attend the soon to be annual reunion at the VFW Post 1980 in Emporia, KS   Event is a casual reception from 7-9pm and is a great closeout to our support of the Emporia Freedom Fest activities this day.  Send you RSVP to emporia 

Emporia Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2022

Presented by American Legion and Post V and 
VFW Post 1980 • (620) 342-9864

Note: Please read all guidelines before filling out the entry form below.

The Veterans of Emporia invite you to participate in this year’s Veterans Day Parade.

Line Up8:15 a.m.

Veterans Day Parade9:30 a.m. 4th Ave. and Commercial St. North to 12th Ave.

Veterans Memorial Service11:00 a.m. All Veterans Memorial, Soden’s Grove

Register Here


Veterans Tribute

NOV 1-11, 2021

Emporia is proud to be the Official Founding City of Veterans Day!   
Each November a multi-day celebration known as the All Veterans Tribute occurs to remember and honor our military veterans. Numerous events are organized in the community including a parade, memorial service, veteran artist exhibit, roundtable discussions, tribute show, Freedom Fest run, ride, and disc golf events, and more.

History of Veterans Day

In 1953, Emporian Alvin J. King proposed that Armistice Day be changed to Veterans Day to recognize and honor all veterans from all wars and conflicts. The holiday was first organized and celebrated in Emporia in 1953. Kansas Congressman Ed Rees, also an Emporian, then took King’s proposal to Congress, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also of Kansas, signed the bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. The first nationwide observance of the new holiday was on November 11, 1954.

Every year now, the President of the United States urges all Americans to honor the commitment of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.

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