National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial

National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial

The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial in Washington, D.C., is nearing final design approval, but requires nearly $20 million more in fundraising before the project can break ground.

Located at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, it is just north of the Lincoln Memorial and a short walk from the Vietnam Memorial.  The memorial will commemorate the Gulf War’s historical significance, as well as honor the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and coalition military personnel who served and helped liberate Kuwait.

The estimated cost to build the memorial is $40 million.  More than $9.2 million has been raised, with an additional $10 million pledge from Kuwait.

In 2017, The American Legion passed a resolution supporting the memorial’s construction.

To donate and learn more about the memorial’s history and design, go to the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association’s website,

Frisco Post 178 Oratorical Winner Wins 4th District Contest

Frisco Post 178 Oratorical Winner Wins 4th District Contest

L to R – Ed Reed, Chairman-Oratorical Program, Harbani Kohli, 4th District Contest Winner, Fred Rogers, Commander

Harbani Kohli, a junior at Reedy High School, was selected the winner of the American Legion 4th District Oratorical Contest in Royse City on Saturday, January 2, 2021.  Previously, she was selected a winner in the American Legion Post 178 contest in Frisco on December 12, 2020.  For winning the two contests, she received $250 and $500 college scholarships, respectively.

Each of the six contestants delivered two orations, a prepared oration and a randomly assigned constitutional topic oration.  Ms. Kohli impressed the judges with her prepared topic oration, titled “We Are the People”, and assigned topic oration, Article III, Section 1 concerning the Supreme Court.

Ms. Kohli will now advance to the American Legion 1st Division Oratorical Contest on Saturday, February 6, 2021, which will be held in the old County Courthouse in Denton, Texas.

American Legion Initiates Member Drive

The American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 is conducting its 2021 membership drive.  The post is one of the largest in Texas and represents one of the state’s fastest growing communities.  Although the post currently has more than 585 members, it annually seeks to signup new and retain current veteran members to help support their numerous programs and activities in the Frisco community.

The American Legion is a patriotic veteran’s organization and is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization.  Each of its more than 13,000 posts worldwide is committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members, veterans, and their families.

All current military and veterans who served honorably since December 7, 1941 qualify for membership.  To join visit

For questions and more detail, contact Rick Redden at 214-385-0205 or