The National Teachers Hall of Fame memorial at the corner of Emporia State’s campus is working on receiving designation as a national monument.
“There are actually going to be three steps before it can be considered a national monument,” said Gwen Larson, assistant director of marketing and media relations. “First is the bill passing the senate, step two is the same bill passing the house and then if that happens step three is the president signing into law.”
The first large step was completed December 21, 2017, according to Larson. The rest of the steps to getting the bill passed can be found under House resolution 2711 online, according to Larson.
“I’m feeling confident that the importance of the designation will be easily recognized by all the members of the house representatives, and they will see that this is a fitting way to remember teachers and other educators,” said Ken Weaver, dean of the Teachers College.
There’s no definite timeline on getting the bill passed or guarantee of it getting passed, but there are already some preparations being made in the event that it does happen, according to Weaver.
“When this is all set we (National Teachers Hall of Fame) will have a ceremony in D.C. commemorating the national designation for the memorial,” Weaver said.
If the bill passes, this event would be in addition to the yearly rededication ceremony that is held on the third Thursday of June at ESU.
“I think we can certainly celebrate the national designation when it comes out,” said Carol Strickland, the executive director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. “ I think that will bring a lot of national attention to the memorial, to the Hall of Fame, to Emporia State, to the city of Emporia and the state of Kansas.”
The national designation would make the Memorial to Fallen Educators the first national memorial in the state of Kansas.