Dedicated on May 26, 1991, the All Veterans Memorial was the first in the nation to honor all Veterans from the Civil War through the Gulf War. The first feature of the Memorial was a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank.
The "Circle of Honor" located in the center of the Memorial, encompasses the Military Order of the Purple Heart Monument for the State of Kansas that was dedicated in August 2003. The "Circle of Honor" consists of the original seven fieldstone monuments. They are symbolic of the 7 major conflicts fought during the time since Emporia was established through the Gulf War. Each of these monuments supports a flag mast that on special military dates flies the United States flag that was in service at the time of that war. The "Walk of Honor" leads from the parking lot into the Memorial. Along this walkway are bronze plaques placed by indivuduals and organizations to honor the memory of their veterans.
To the side is the "Medal of Honor" alcove. Located here in a gazebo structure is a memorial dedicated to the memory of Emporian Sgt. Grant Timmerman. Sgt. Timmerman was a Marine in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in saving his tank crew by shielding a Japanese grenade with his chest after the grenade landed on the tank's turret hatch lid. The American Flag flies on the main flag mast in a position of honor above and foremost in the Memorial. At the base of the main flag mast is a bronze plaque with the wording "All Veterans Memorial." The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on March 29, 2001. Located under a Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War era is a plaque with the heading "Some Gave All." The plaque is inscribed with the names of the nine men of Emporia and Lyon County who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam.
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