On Jan. 5, President Trump signed into law H.R. 7105, the “Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act of 2020,” which was passed by Congress in late December.
The legislation is the culmination of two years of bipartisan work. Many feel there is something in the bill for just about every one of our nation’s veterans and their family members.
The legislation includes several American Legion supported bills that were pending in the 116th Congress. To read more about this new law click here.
(L to R) Scout Pack 178 brothers Zack (13) and Max (15) Moland pay respects at gravesite of CPL Peter J. Courcy, the namesake of Post 178, during 2020 Wreaths Across America activities at DFW National Cemetery (2020 Photo by Michael Moland)
Despite COVID-19, the National Wreaths Across America Day was carried out at more than 2,100 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. One of those locations was DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. More than forty Post 178 members volunteered, for the seventh straight year, to support the post’s wreaths tradition.
Members volunteered on three separate occasions: first was on December 16, 2020 to unload and disburse more than 3,600 boxes wreaths, then on December 19, 2020 to assist with the placement of wreaths on the gravesites, and finally on January 16, 2021 to remove more than 36,700 wreaths from the gravesites for disposal.
Unloading the boxes of wreaths at the various sections of the cemetery in preparation for the placement of each wreath at a gravesite.
When placing a wreath on each gravesite, the volunteer announced the name and details on each gravestone.
Removing the wreaths from the gravesites and loading them on trucks for disposal.
Wreaths Across America reminds all of us how important it is to REMEMBER the Fallen…HONOR those who serve…TEACH our children the value of Freedom.
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. A Baptist minister who advocated the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation. He first came to national prominence during a bus boycott by African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and led the 1963 March on Washington. The most influential of African American civil rights leaders during the 1960s, he was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and employment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The day is usually celebrated with marches and parades and with speeches by civil rights and political leaders.
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, http://www.ndswm.org.
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.