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.

Emporia prides itself on being the founding city of Veteran's Day. As many have suggested, we have an All Veterans Memorial, commissioned art on Commercial Street which supports our veterans, an annual parade, and many activities during the week celebrating Veteran's Day. Furthermore, this is reinforced in our school system through the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the essay writing celebrating the veteran.
Reviewed by mac_vb
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is the Home of Veteran's Day. Armisist Day was replaced by Veteran's Day. The community supports its heratige. As a Veteran, it is a great place to live and raise a family.
Reviewed by mtreiber
on September 17, 2012
I have lived in Emporia all my life - it is a great place to raise a family and truly supports our Veterans and those who have fought in past, present and future wars to preserve America's freedom.
Reviewed by LadyDi
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is definitely proud of our service men and women, past, present and future!
Reviewed by been_there
on September 17, 2012
What more can I say that hasn't already been said? We are PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by cookatwork
on September 17, 2012
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