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"The capitol preservation committee shall approve plans to place a permanent memorial honoring the life of Emil Joseph Kapaun."

Senate Bill 431

Capitol Dome.HEIC

The Spring 2024 session of the Kansas Legislature unanimously passed a bill which was signed into law to memorialize Kapaun on the grounds of the Kansas Capitol Building in Topeka.

The Chaplain Father Emil J. Kapaun Memorial seeks to design and erect a timeless and dignified statue of this heroic Kansan.  The statue will be life-size or larger, made of bronze and placed on a pedestal.  

The statue will incorporate three major themes from Kapaun's life:​

  • His Kansas agricultural roots

  • His Catholic priestly vocation

  • His exemplary military service

More details will be shared when an artist is selected and renderings become available.

If you or an artist you know is interested in submitting an application, please follow the link below to answer our request for qualifications, open until July 31, 2024.

Senator Chase Blasi, Committee Chair

Kansas Senate, District 27 & Member, Capitol Preservation Committee

Wichita, Kansas

Michael Kelly, Committee Vice Chair

President, Jayhawk Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America

Lawrence, Kansas

Scott Carter, Treasurer

Father Kapaun Guild

Colwich, Kansas

Ray Kapaun

Kapaun Family Representative

Coupeville, Washington

Bishop Carl Kemme

Catholic Diocese of Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

Gail & Marissa Makovec

Pilsen Community Representatives

Pilsen, Kansas

Lucrecia Nold

Kansas Catholic Conference

Topeka, Kansas

Mike Grothoff

Immediate Past Kansas State Deputy, Knights of Columbus

Olathe, Kansas

Colonel John Potter

Command Chaplain, Kansas National Guard

Topeka, Kansas

Representative Jake LaTurner

United States Congressman, Second District of Kansas

Pittsburg, Kansas

Darren Beckham, Committee Secretary

Kansas Senate Staff

Topeka, Kansas

© 2024 Chaplain Kapaun Memorial Committee

424 N Broadway Ave | Wichita, KS 67202

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