National Poppy Day


National Poppy Day:

The American Legion has the support of Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day, a day that encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy as a symbol to honor the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform.

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. the red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for our country following the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields.  The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front line in World War I, to honor soldiers killed in battle.

The poppy became the memorial flower of the American Legion on September 27, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio.

National Poppy Day is an initiative supported by the entire American Legion Family, which includes The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion, and the American Legion Riders.

Each year, members of The American Legion Family, led by The American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation. Proceeds from the sale of items such as jewelry and other themed merchandise also benefit the mission to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.

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Armed Forces Day

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.


On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

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Women’s Veterans Day

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Presidential Libraries in Texas Salute the Military with Free Admission


Participating in the 2018 Blue Star Museums program, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from May 26, 2018 through Labor Day 2018.  LEARN MORE.


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Post Fundraiser Cruise

Liberty of the SeasPlease plan to join us on October 7, 2018 as we depart Galveston for a 7-night cruise to Roatan, Costa Maya & Cozumel on the beautiful Liberty of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has announced a special pricing promotion for Post members. This is a great fundraiser for the Post and if you act quickly you can enjoy the special pricing and a great cruise.

100% of all monies raised on this amazing cruise go to support Post 178 Children & Youth programs. Full details are available at 469-294-8900 or

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Horsepower for Heroes Invitation

Horsepower for HeroesWhat – A fundraising event by local car enthusiast to cruise through Collin & Denton countryside to raise funds for “Carry The Load”
WhoLimited to the first 50 veterans who would like to ride co-pilot in hotrods, modern super cars, muscle cars – you must respond with your RSVP here.
When – Saturday, May 19th, 0800
Where – Start and return to First United Bank, 6401 South Custer Road, McKinney, TX

Click HERE for more details

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Posting the Colors at The Parsons House Frisco

The Post Color Guard presented the Colors at The Parsons House Frisco, Retirement Center, for their 1st Anniversary ceremony conducted by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Event was held on Thursday, 3 May 2018.

L-R it is Ken Looney, Delbert Parsons, John Ricca, Larry Marshall & Fred Rogers

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Frisco Lakes Conservative Coalition Invitation

The Frisco Lakes Conservative Coalition has invited American Legion Post 178 members to hear Lt. Colonel Alan B. West speak on May 9th at the Frisco Lakes Golf Club House, 7170 Anthem Drive, Frisco.

Social hour will be 5:00-6:00PM, there will be food and beverages for purchase. LTC West will speak at 6PM.

We are invited as guests and there is no charge to post members and their spouses. Seating is limited to availability and you must RSVP immediately to: Robert Gallagher

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DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair

What: DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair
Where: AT&T Stadium – One AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
When: Thursday, May 10th, 2018, 11 AM – 3 PM

Register to Attend:

  • 100+ Job Opportunities (Managerial, Supervisory, Etc.)
  • 40+ Companies Attending (Fortune 500, Government, Etc.)

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  • 230,000 Jobs Posted Online
  • 3,058,538 Employers Viewed Military Profiles

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  • 85,000+ Jobs Offers Extended
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DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair May 10, 2018

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American Legion Night at the Ballpark

Join us for an American Legion Night at the Ballpark on Sunday, May 6th!

Each ticket will include:

  • All you can eat hot dogs, brats, peanuts, chip and Dr Pepper products from 3:00 – 5:30 pm
  • RoughRiders souvenir
  • Best seat available

Deadline to get group pricing and seating is Friday, April 27th!

Go here to buy your tickets

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