Kansas’ path to becoming the 34th state on Jan. 29, 1861, was full of the difficulties mentioned in the state motto, “Ad astra per aspera.” After all that strife and sacrifice, Kansans probably should make more of a fuss about all of the state’s birthdays, not just big ones such as the 150-year mark in 2011. But on this Kansas Day, Wichitans can take special pride in having properly honored the Kansan who served as the nation’s 34th president with last year’s opening of the new terminal at renamed Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. And there is enduring truth in what poet Harry Kemp once said of how “Kansas glories in her days to be.... Her time is Now. Her heritage is Here.” – Rhonda Holman
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