I was interested to read in the magazine called The American Legion that Veterans’ Day as we know it today has it roots in Kansas.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Veterans’ Day, which began as an event to honor all veterans in Emporia. It was started by a cobbler by the name of Alvin King, who was too young for World War I and too old for World War II.

Armistice Day-established in 1938 to recognize the end of World War I-did not sufficiently honor all who fought afterward, according to King and fellow Emporians. So, on Nov. 11, 1953, they decided to overhaul the observance into an “All Veterans’ Day.”

Following that day, the U.S. Congressman from Emporia introduced legislation to change Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day for all of America. It was signed as a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.

Conway Springs showed why it is deserving of the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A football Saturday afternoon. Their all-white uniforms made them look even bigger than they already were.

Our Trojans have nothing to apologize for, though. They didn’t leave much on the field throughout the season.

— Forty degrees is much colder than it used to be. I don’t remember being colder than I was this past Saturday, and I thought I had dressed for the occasion.

But then I looked on the Hillsboro sideline and saw Coach Dustin McEwen standing there in his short sleeves the whole time.

It demonstrates to me that you can overcome most any obstacle if you put your mind to it. Mental toughness is one of the main ingredients needed during the playoffs, in my view.

I did have a few ideas about how to be more comfortable during these cold football game days and take the wind out of the equation.

Since sky boxes aren’t yet available at Reimer Field, one could pick up an empty refrigerator box and stand inside of it with an eye hole for viewing. Or, if you would like to sit and watch you could get a La-Z-Boy box, or a mattress box if you wanted to lie down and watch.

The area holiday events and Christmas Gift Guide are published in this week’s Marion County Advocate, which is inserted in this edition of the Free Press.

I wouldn’t try to tell you where to shop, but I can say with certainty that many good things will happen when you shop with your Marion County neighbors. They have a lot to offer-and think of all the time you will save during this busy time of year.

I would also like to refer you to the “Hillsboro Has It” pages in this week’s Advocate. You might be surprised by everything that is available in this community.

Whichever 2004 presidential candidate can convince me he or she has a solution for the health insurance disaster that continues in our country will get my vote. Our group health insurance plan just went up 60 percent.

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