Grief over the young man's death started King looking for a way to honor not only his nephew but all veterans who fight during wars and serve during peace.
King began his campaign to change an existing national holiday, Armistice Day, to Veterans Day. He gained support from U.S. Representative Ed Rees of Emporia who agreed to take King's idea to Washington, D.C. The bill passed the House and Senate and President Eisenhower signed the bill to establish Veterans Day as a national holiday.
In October, "Emporia, The Founding City of Veterans Day" was voted one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs.
Just a little information that helps you "get Kansas."
KE #2 Marci Penner