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'There isn't a city around that doesn't
celebrate': How a Kansas shoe salesman
created a holiday to honor all veterans

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Posted By: Imright, 11/11/2019 12:31:15 PM

For more than 50 years, Americans who served in the armed forces have been celebrated on Veterans Day thanks to a Kansas shoe salesman.Al King, a shoe store owner from Emporia, Kansas, spearheaded a 1953 campaign to establish Veterans Day on Armistice Day, commemorating the Nov. 11 end of World War I.While King himself did not serve, he tried to join the Navy towards the end of World War I when he was 15. Years later, King's nephew, John Cooper, was killed in action in 1944 while serving with the Third U.S. Army in Germany. The bereaved King wanted to create a day celebrating all veterans.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 11/11/2019 12:55:48 PM (No. 232250)
My flag is flying, even in the snowstorm, in memory of my nephew, and all the hundreds of thousands of other veterans who gave all they had for our country. God Bless our veterans.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: EliotRosewater49 11/11/2019 2:39:55 PM (No. 232333)
Yay Kansas! Says a Kansan
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Imright 11/11/2019 5:24:17 PM (No. 232469)
Just came across this article, with Video, of how the city of Corpus Christi, TX celebrates this day...It was posted a couple of days ago, but well worth a look: "1,000 flags represent 1,000 heroes in downtown CC" https://www.kristv.com/1-000-flags-represent-1-000-heroes-in-downtown-cc
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