The Flinthills Veterans Coalition, which was incorporated in 2006 is a 501(c) organized to support and recognize veterans. The FHVC along with other activities works in partnership with the Kansas State Army ROTC to conduct the annual Veterans Day parade in Manhattan and provides scholarships to Veterans attending Kansas State University and other educational institutions. Membership is open to veterans, spouses of veterans, or those related to a veteran. Meetings are open to all and are currently held at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce building, 501 Poyntz Ave. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am from February to November.
During renovation of the Riley County Courthouse in the mid 1980’s the commemorative plaques bearing the names of World War I and World War II veterans were removed from the Courthouse. In 1990 members of the Manhattan American Legion and the Manhattan Veterans of Foreign Wars requested that the commemorative plaques be re-installed. After discussion with the Riley County Commission it was decided that it would be better to develop a Riley County Armed Forces Memorial on the Courthouse grounds. In December 1992 the Riley County Commission appointed Charles Arthur, Burke Bayer and Dick Jepson to an Armed Forces Memorial Committee. Two charges were given to this committee, first to develop an Armed Forces Memorial and second to plan for an annual Veterans Day program. The Riley County Commission provided the site and design for the memorial and the Manhattan American Legion and Manhattan Veterans of Foreign Wars raised the funds necessary for its construction. Kansas State University students Mark Wilcox, Amy Homoloy and Mark Connelly won the design competition for the memorial. The Riley County Armed Forces Memorial was dedicated November 11, 1992.
After the dedication, area veterans decided that an ongoing organization was needed to plan for annual Veterans Day activities and the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition was formed. Representatives from all the area veterans’ organizations and all interested individuals were invited to join.
While many realize that Veterans Day, which always falls on November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans, few realize the historical significance behind the day.Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th In 1919,
President Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with these words:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11am on the day
The Veterans Day parade held in Manhattan is our State's largest celebration of service. It is sponsored by the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition offering the public the opportunity to show their support for those who serve on our nation's most visible stage. To conduct the parade the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition works in partnership with the Kansas State Army ROTC, Ft. Riley, USO, and other organizations. We are thankful for the tremedndous support of those who participate and those who donate to honor those who have given so much.
The Flint Hills Veterans Coalition has established scholarship to recognize the academic dedication and leadership of student veterans. The scholarships will be awarded to a student(s) who demonstrates academic commitment, leadership, and financial need. The recipient must be:
a. Any US military serving or honorably discharged veteran.
b. A student in good standing in accordance with the academic criteria of the educational institution during the academic period for which the financial award is made.
$1000 each fall and spring to full time to K-Stae Veteran students.
$1000 each fall and spring semester for Global Campus (distance education) Vetera students.
$1000 annually to Manhattan Area Technical College Veterans
$1000 annually to Manhattan Christian College Veterans
The Application forms may be obtained from each institution.
Membership is open to veterans, spouses of veterans, or those related to a veteran. Meetings are open to all and are currently held at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce building, 501 Poyntz Ave. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am from February to November. We would like to have your support for our Veterans Day activities.
The FHVC provides a biscuit and gravy breakfast from 7:00 am to 9:00 am Veterans Day morning. at the Manhattan American Legion, 114 McCall Road.
An Indoor Ceremony is held following the Parade in the Peace memorial Auditorium and asistance in conducting the ceremony is always appreciated.
There are many other activities that you can be a part of.
Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, Inc.
PO Box 424
Manhattan, KS 66505-0424