Veterans Day events
• Southwestern College branch campus, 2040 S. Rock Road, will offer doughnuts, coffee and juice from 9 to 11 a.m. to veterans, who are invited to share stories and sign holiday cards that will be mailed to deployed troops.
• Wreath-laying service, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N. Greenway, followed by an open house of the park until 1 p.m. Wreaths will be laid at all memorials in the park.
• Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 10 a.m., Dole VA Medical Center Peace Garden, 5500 E. Kellogg.
• “A Salute to Veterans” by Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. The program also is a benefit for Kansas Honor Flight, which sends veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials.
• Veterans and military members will be admitted free to the Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First St. The museum will display a World War II-era Nazi flag signed by U.S. soldiers and sent home from France. At 3 p.m., Sgt. Cyril Leuelling will tell the story behind the flag.
• Derby Area Veterans Memorial Walk of Freedom and Ceremony, 2 p.m., Garrett Park, 1100 E. Chet Smith. If the weather is bad, the event will be at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby.
• Sisk Middle School will host a program honoring veterans, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians and American Red Cross volunteers at 10 a.m. at the Douglass Sports Complex. Guests are invited to the middle school gym at 9:30 a.m. for cookies, coffee and fellowship.
• Parade, downtown Emporia, 9:30 a.m. Kansans provided the inspiration in 1953 for Veterans Day observations nationally. Emporia residents started a grassroots effort to observe the day honoring veterans of all wars. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation recognizing Nov. 11 as a federal holiday. Before then, it was known as Armistice Day.
• National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., will be open free to the public. Ceremony at 10 a.m. World War I re-enactors will greet visitors and distribute poppies. The museum will also unveil an exhibit of a stationary train car modeled after the Pullman sleeper cars of the 1940s, allowing visitors to experience the sights, sounds and emotions of leaving home for war.
• Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center will offer free admission to veterans with a paying companion for any show or exhibit.
• Veterans Day parade, 11 a.m., downtown. Route begins at Fourth Street, heads south on Kansas Avenue, turns right on 12th Street, heads north on Jackson Avenue and ends at Sixth Street.
• Johnson County’s Veterans Day Observance includes the dedication of a new panel added to the city’s Korean War Veterans Memorial honoring Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a Pilsen native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The ceremony is at 11 a.m. at the corner of 119th and Lowell.