A community flag event to honor veterans, current and former Emporia State students, and local veterans was held Nov. 3 as the beginning of the 2018 All Veterans Tribute Week. 

Bryan Wampler, ESU alumnus and member of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented ESU with a Certificate of Commendation.

Wampler said the commendation is the highest honor given to individuals, companies and government entities by SAR for flying the U.S. flag for patriotic purposes.

“We have long noticed and appreciated Emporia State University’s efforts to proudly display the United States flag,” Wampler said.

Jose Feliciano, director of alumni relations, planned the event and said he was excited to start off the month with the flag ceremony.

“We are truly wanting to kick off the All Veterans Month of November at Emporia State University with celebrating one of the largest flags in town,” Feliciano said.

To help open the event, the ESU Marching Hornets played “Star Spangled Banner” which was followed by the local Boy Scout troop leading the crowd in The Pledge of Allegiance. 

 “I want to thank all of you for what you’ve done for this country and for the services that you continue to provide,” said President Allison Garrett. “We really appreciate it and are privileged to host you here today.”

The tribute week celebrates Emporia as the official founding city of Veterans Day. 

“Our country may not be perfect, but what we have over every other country in the world is the liberty and freedom to enjoy this glorious republic; and for that, we can thank our veterans,” said William McKernan, retired Army veteran and assistant director of facilities, administration and building services.

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