Emporia, Kansas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Emporia, KS prides itself in founding Veterans Day, which they celebrate with a full week of festivities. Locals support the troops and celebrate America with events and fundraisers year round. Emporia is located between Kansas City and Wichita on Interstate 35.

Tour the All Veterans Memorial and Park, which honors all who have served our country in every branch of the military. The town also offers other memorials, the Lyon County Museum, the Schmidt Museum of Natural History, and the David Traylor Zoo. An aquatic center and 18 parks in Emporia will please the active traveler.

Emporia State University draws students from far and wide and provides a museum of its own and competitive athletics. Emporia’s also home to the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame and the William Allen White residence, a favorite place for visitors to stay.

Food is a highlight here, with many restaurants where the people are friendly and the owners are often hands-on, doing everything from bussing tables to manning the grill. Try the enchiladas at Casa Ramos, the giant sandwiches at Amanda’s Bakery and Café, the juicy and cheap burgers at J’s Burgers, or the mouthwatering ribs at Bobby D’s BBQ.

The heart of patriotism is beating right here in the heart of the US of A.
Reviewed by misformonkey
on September 17, 2012
As founding city of Veteran's Day, Emporia takes a WEEK to celebrate. Veterans truly feel honored here. Because of this distinction, facts about Veteran's Day are publicized in the local media, and even taught in the schools. Our daughters, now grown, know that we have a special ceremony after a spectacular parade on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year. I am proud to be in a city that honors those who have defended our country to keep it safe.
Reviewed by jschaef
on September 17, 2012
the founding city of Veteran's Day
Reviewed by Koshi66835
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is the founding city of Veteran's day and citizens take it seriously for the entire week, rather than just one day. Our nation's military is the cornerstone of patriotism in this country because they defend our ideals and concepts of freedom. I feel that Emporia has always gone out of its way to venerate our nation's veterans, as well as those individuals who are currently serving in the armed forces.
Reviewed by fmihulec
on September 17, 2012
Our Vets are loved and respected around here... with out them none of us would be safe and we know it and appreciate it.
Reviewed by Broken
on September 17, 2012
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