In honor of all Vietnam veterans, VWAM and Paladin Pictures, Inc., will offer free streaming of the new documentary film “By War & By God.” Produced and directed by Kent C. Williamson, By War & By God tells the story of a group of Vietnam Vets who survived the war and for 26 years have been making medical and humanitarian trips back to Vietnam to serve and care for the people of that war-torn country.
General Perry M. Smith, USAF, retired, says By War & By God “is extremely well done, very moving and tells a powerful story.” The film will be available to stream for free for 48 hours only beginning on Veterans Day (Wednesday, November 11). To view the film, please go to http://www.ByWarAndByGod.com.
“By War & By God” premiered at The Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, TX, on October 29 and the Post 178 Color Guard was honored to present our Nations Colors at the beginning of the program.
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas.
Frisco TX – Frisco’s Peter J Courcy American Legion Post 178 is pleased to announce the election and installation of our new Post Service Officer. Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander commented that Post 178 is named in honor and memory of Cpl. Peter J. Courcy, a Frisco resident, who was killed in action in 2009 in Salerno, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to Commander Rogers “We are proud to announce the election of Kevin Robinson to this important position. Kevin is a retired USAF veteran and understands the needs of our local veterans and is dedicated to helping area veterans receive the benefits and help that their country promised and owes them.”
Frisco October 9, 2015 – High school students of Frisco have been invited by Frisco Peter J Courcy Post No. 178 of The American Legion to compete in the 2016 Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship competition. The invitation to enter this year’s events was extended today by Post 178 Commander Fred Rogers.
The contest for Frisco students has been arranged with the cooperation of school officials and is open to qualified 9th thru 12 grade students of public, private, charter and home schools.
The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8 – 10 minutes in length.
In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals. Each state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Participants in the second round who do not advance to the national final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the national contest on April 8 – 10, 2016, at the Wyndham hotel, Indianapolis, Ind.
The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.
High school students in Frisco who are interested in entering the competition will find complete rules and contest information at txlegion.org or may contact Dick Miller, Post 178 Oratorical Chairperson, at 214-436-4940 or email@example.com.
Contact: Fred Rogers, Post Commander, 972-977-9342
Unveiling of the U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway – An American hero, Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, fought for our country and gave his life on Christmas Eve 2012. I’d be honored if you’d join us for the official unveiling of the U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway. What makes this dedication such a perfect fit is that this road only touches three cities – The Colony, Little Elm and Frisco. Enrique grew up in The Colony, he and his wife Katie met in Frisco where they both worked, and they lived together with their daughter Beverly in Little Elm. This designation would not have been possible without your support of HB 1044. Because of your help in getting this law passed, FM 423 will forever be known as U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway
Date: Friday, October 9
Location: 1 Harris Plaza, The Colony, TX 75056 (The dedication ceremony will be followed by a reception with light snacks)
Please RSVP to Shannan Sorrell at Shannan.Sorrell@House.State.TX.US or by calling the office at 469.362.0500.
In military news, Sunday, September 27 is Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day 2015. This last Sunday in September, which began as Gold Star Mother’s Day in 1936, is a day for our nation to recognize the sacrifice that all Gold Star Family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation. Please help us remind others of this special day on Sunday, September 27 by sharing this blog post on your social networks.
Thank you to all the military families, service members and veterans for your service. Our great Nation is stronger and safer because of your sacrifice.
As noted on the official Army website…
The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.
The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September, in 1936. The Gold Star Wives was formed before the end of World War II. The Gold Star Lapel Button was established in August 1947.
Sep 18, 2015 – Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities. It is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September each year. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. This ceremony featured troops from each of the military services.
Sep 11, 2015 – Oak Point Elementary
Post Member John Allen attended
FRISCO TEXAS – The American Legion Auxiliary, Peter J Courcy Unit 178 was recently organized and elected their officers. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 will be led by Phyllis Sutton, President.
President Sutton stated “The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support American Legion Post 178 and become the premier service organization and foundation of Frisco and surrounding communities providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security”.
A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary. Additionally, the mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who honorably served in the United States Armed Forces during the war-time eras as specified by Congress are eligible for membership.
Full details can be found on our website http://friscolegion.org/ala/or by contacting Phyllis Sutton – firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell 972-567-8951
The next Post 178 meeting is this Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at the Frisco Senior Center. Please note that we are planning to gather at 5:30 for this meeting and the Post is hosting an Ice Cream Social prior to the beginning of our meeting. Please plan now to attend and bring your wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and grandmothers as we celebrate another milestone in our young history. Our agenda for the meeting at 6:30, following the Ice Cream Social, includes meeting together as a Legion family to open the meeting. Mary Ann Paul, 4th District Vice President will address the attendees on the purpose and function of the American Legion Auxiliary. Following Mary Ann’s presentation the attendees interested in learning more about Auxiliary Unit 178 will adjourn to another room and the Legion will hold their meeting.
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall – Schedule: Arrives Collin Creek Mall Plano, Texas on Thursday morning September 10, 2015. It will be escorted to Grace Outreach Center where it will be assembled and on display until Sunday, mid day.
Information: Grace Outreach Center is located at 3301 Preston Rd. Plano, Texas. (N.W corner of Parker and Preston) If you would like to help pulling guard, in two hour shifts, contact Mark Sorrentino at email@example.com to get on the schedule.
We are to guard and protect the wall from 6pm to 6am Thursday through Sunday morning the 13th. Please join us in honoring our fallen brothers and sisters.
Purple Heart Day is observed August 7th in the United States and commemorates the establishment in 1782 of the Badge of Military Merit, an award created by George Washington to honor soldiers for their distinguished action in battle. The Purple Heart was not used after the Revolutionary War, but was restored in 1931 with a new design. It is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States. This year also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
2015 marks the 225th anniversary of the United States Coast Guard. On Aug. 4, 1790, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, one of five federal services that would eventually make up the Coast Guard, was established under the control of the Treasury Department. Over the next century, four more distinct and separate federal services would be amalgamated to become the U.S. Coast Guard. While the service’s missions have grown and evolved over the 225 years of its history, today the Coast Guard remains concentrated on ensuring the safety, security, and prosperity of the nation and its citizens. This edition of Coast Guard Outlook commemorates the anniversary and history of the sea service while describing its present-day programs, missions, and operations as well as its future.
July 30, 2015 – The oldest member of Post 178 is Larry Bruhl and he celebrates his 93rd birthday. Larry honorably served our Country during WWII in the US Army.
Korean War (June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953) — The Korean War was a war between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States of America fought for the South, and China fought for the North, which was also assisted by the Soviet Union.
Frisco Freedom Fest – we will have a booth again this year at the Frisco Freedom Fest, for more information about the Frisco Freedom Fest visit http://www.friscofreedomfest.org/
Freedom Video – 11th grade student, Angus Sullivan, in the Frisco ISD assembled a 6-minute video on Freedom and interviewed 6 member of American Legion Post 178. This is a powerful and dramatic video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5lqJZdhZx8
Happy 1st Anniversary Post 178 – April 22, 2015, is the 1st birthday for Frisco Peter J Courcy American Legion Post 178 for the signing of our permanent Charter. We have grown quickly to 192 members and accomplished much in our community during our short tenure.