In 2014, the Emporia Main Street organization spearheaded a project to decorate the downtown light posts with banners honoring current or former service members. From the beginning, the project was about much more than banners – it was about collecting, preserving, and sharing the personal stories of those who have bravely served their country.

In 2017, Emporia Main Street partnered with KVOE Radio to create Beyond the Banners magazine. The magazine contains all the stories collected during the banner project, in a printed keepsake publication. Pre-Orders are now being taken for this timeless keepsake. To place an order please click here: Beyond The Banners.

The Banner Release Party will take place at 727 Commercial Street, Friday, October 20th from 4pm-6pm & Saturday, October 21st from 10am-1pm. If you pre-ordered a magazine, and did not have it shipped to your home, you can come down to the release party and pick up your order. There will be additional magazines available to purchase, but we will have limited quantities.

Gifts to our Soldiers

We are currently working with an Emporian, who is oversees, to send care packages to locals and their units. We will be accepting items at the release party on October 20th and 21st. Click HERE for a list of items:  We will also be taking cash donations to help pay for shipping. If you would like to include a note with the items, please feel free to do so. Any notes must be in a non sealed envelope.