Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day). Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays.
American Legion Post 178 recently participated in the 2020 Wreaths Across America national program at the DFW National Cemetery which involved more than 36,700 wreaths. In addition to post members helping to unload and distribute wreaths, it worked closely to assist Audrey Henvey, a Frisco Enterprise reporter, to author an article entitled “National Tradition Continues.” To access click https://bit.ly/34TA3KC.
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25—Christmas Day—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. Merry Christmas!
Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander, presents veteran Rich Jochem his American Legion 50-year membership pin.
The American Legion 50-Year Pin.
A 50-year anniversary is a milestone for anyone. It is particularly significant when it involves membership to the American Legion, a military veterans organization. Rich Jochem, a Post 178 Army veteran, recently celebrated his 50-year anniversary as a member of The American Legion.
Not surprisingly he owns the longest membership tenure of the more than 675 members of Post 178. Since retirement, he and his wife, Joann, travel both in and out of the country. He also volunteers at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1963 and the American Legion in 1968. When asked why he became a member and renewed all those years, he replied “I was proud of my military service and maintaining my membership enabled me to share fellowship with other veterans.”
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating Remembrance wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations , including the DFW National Cemetery, in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
They will not have a Wreaths Across America Ceremony at DFW National Cemetery this year. The 2020 Wreaths Across America wreath laying event will occur on three dates. Families that have a family member laid to rest at the DFW National Cemetery will be allow the lay their family member’s wreath on December 16th and 17th from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. For the general public, wreath laying at the DFW National Cemetery will be held on December 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM. We hope to raise 46,400 wreaths for the 2020 WAA event. Thank you for your support!!!
In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our service members sacrifice their time and safety every day of the year to preserve our freedoms.
REMEMBER our veterans that served and are serving America, HONOR the fallen veterans, and TEACH our youth about the service and sacrifice of our veterans and families.
Show all our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.
Oratorical Speech Contestants
Left to Right Front Row
Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander, Anmol Dubey, Liberty High School, Jedaiah Ward, Home Schooled, Emma Ko, Home Schooled, Lakshita Soma, Heritage High School
Ed Reed, Post 178 Oratorical Program Chairman, Harbani Kohli, Reedy High School, and Dan Stricklin, Frisco Councilman Elect.
Four high school students from the Frisco area were named winners and received $250 college scholarships at the American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest. The competition was held in the Council Chambers at Frisco’s George A. Purefoy Municipal Center on Saturday, December 12. The four orators will now compete at the district contest in Royse City on January 2, 2021 against other contest winners from the 4th District.
Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic. All contestants impressed the judges with their speaking skills and presentation content.
The four winners in alphabetical order were Anmol Dubey, a freshman at Liberty High School, Emma A. Ko, a junior, Home Schooled, Harbani K. Kohli, a junior at Reedy High School, and Jedaiah D. Ward, a freshman, Home Schooled.
Since 1938, The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has encouraged the nation’s high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and to hone their public speaking skills.