Kansas has a legacy of supporting veterans.
In 1952, Emporia residents provided the inspiration for Veterans Day by starting a grassroots effort for a national day of observance to honor veterans of all wars. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower – supreme commander of the Allied forces during World War II – signed legislation recognizing Nov. 11 as a federal holiday. Before then, it was known as Armistice Day.
Topeka lawyer Harry Colmery is best known for helping draft the GI Bill, which provided many returning World War II service members loans for homes, businesses and education.
The legacy will continue this weekend as area towns continue to honor the men and women who served their country.
Veterans Day closings on Nov. 12
Because Veterans Day this year falls on a Sunday, the government is officially observing the holiday on Monday. The following places will be closed Monday or have varied hours: