With 585 members, Post 178 is the fastest growing post in the 4th District. Attaining 100% of our assigned goal in 2021 marks “Eight-In-A-Row”. Since being Chartered in 2014 the post has never failed to achieve our Annual Membership Goal, in fact, the post has ‘over-performed exponentially.’ The Post has always been “Action Oriented” – not only in growth but also in our mission of service to veterans, youth, and the community.
Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, which was signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It is not an official holiday. Most states celebrate “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 29 or 30 of each year. Though there is some debate, March 29 is generally viewed as a more appropriate date. On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil.
Lasting from 1955 to 1975, the Vietnam war engulfed the Southeast Asian country of Vietnam, as well as its neighboring countries, Cambodia and Laos. It resulted in several million deaths, most of whom were Vietnamese civilians. The conflict began during the 1950s when the struggle between the country’s communist northern part and the anti-communist south escalated. The United States began its military involvement to back the South’s effort to quell the communist onslaught, which, at the height of the Cold War, was feared to promote the spread of communist ideology and influence worldwide. During the war, about 500,000 US troops were dispatched to Southeast Asia, about 58,000 of whom were killed. The conflict ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon and the victory of North Vietnam.
More than 350 members of American Legion Post 178 are Vietnam veterans.
1st Vice Commander and Nominating Committee Chairman Rick Redden recently named two committee members: Terry Meyering, Finance Officer and Ed Reed, 2nd Vice Commander-Public Relations.
The Nominating Committee will have the responsibility to identify member candidates for the thirteen Post Executive Committee (PEC) officer positions. The term of office for all PEC officer positions is one year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).
An email notice of the annual election will be sent to all members around mid-April. The election and installation of officers will be held at the June 14 Membership Meeting.
All officer candidates must complete a Post Executive Candidate Filing Form and meet all the following requirements:
- Be a current (paid) member of The American Legion and Post 178
- Has completed the online ALE Institute American Legion Basic Training Course
- Has a DD – 214 on file with the Post Adjutant
- Possesses a strong desire to serve
- Is committed to performing the requirements of the elected position
- Will attend monthly PEC and Membership meetings, and
- Will participate in the post’s activities throughout their tenure
Nomination forms must be submitted no later than at the May 17 Membership Meeting.
If you are interested in “putting your hat in the ring” to run for an officer position and to request a Filing Form, please contact Rick Redden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-385-0205.
The following LINK shares Veteran and Military Year-Round Discounts* http://tiny.cc/dq6vtz . Twenty-one categories of discounts are noted including Automotive, Car Rentals, Clothing & Shoes, Computer/Electronics/Gaming, Education, Entertainment, and Eye Ware, just to mention a few. These discounts are shared so that veterans, military members, their families, caregivers, and survivors are aware of all resources available to them.
*Please note: The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of the VA. Verify information with the organization offering.
National Medal of Honor Day on March 25th recognizes all Medal of Honor recipients.
On March 25, 1863, Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented the first Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of the “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862.
Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is awarded only to US military personnel by the President of the United States in the name of Congress for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. There are three versions of the Medal of Honor: one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force, with personnel of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receiving the Navy version.
Since its creation, there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coastguardsmen.
Two Medal of Honor recipients are interred at the DFW National Cemetery: Candelario Garcia, (1944-2013) for action in the Vietnam War, and James L. Stone (1922-2012) for action in the Korea War.
Alexis Andres, right, the French Consul General of Texas, awards the French Legion of Honor medal to Frisco resident Burnie Sutter during a special ceremony in 2018.
Credit: Liz McGathey/staff photo/starlocalmedia.com
Burnie Sutter, a WWII Army veteran, will celebrate his 100th birthday on April 7. To help celebrate the special milestone, his family is asking that he be sent 100 birthday cards. To help Burnie and his family celebrate, send a happy birthday card to:
6098 Osage Place
Frisco, TX 75034
Mr. Sutter landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, on June 6, 1944, fought in most of the major battles across France and Germany, was part of the unit that liberated the Flossenburg Concentration Camp in Bavaria, and was one of the first 50 Allied troops to cross into Czechoslovakia near the end of the war.
A drive-by birthday car parade is also planned for Saturday, April 10 at 10:30 – 11:15am at the Saddle Brook Memory Care Community at 9966 Legacy Dr, Frisco, TX 75034. To register your car email Daisy at saddlebrookDCR@koelschsenior.com.