Presidential Proclamation 2019:
“In 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement ended more than 3 years of brutal fighting against communist expansionism and tyranny on the Korean Peninsula. On National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we honor the brave patriots who secured freedom and democracy in the Republic of Korea, and we pay tribute to the more than 23,600 Americans who were killed in action and the more than 103,000 who were wounded in that conflict.
“The dedication stone at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., bears the inscription: ‘Our Nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.’ The memorial includes an honor roll of Americans killed in action and those missing in action, and its unique design features statues of a patrol crossing a Korean rice paddy. These figures represent the heroes of our Armed Forces who valiantly served in the Land of the Morning Calm and fought on battlefields such as Inchon, the Pusan Perimeter, and the Chosin Reservoir. Today, this hauntingly beautiful memorial stands as an enduring reminder of what it costs to defend and preserve the democratic principles, we hold dear.”
Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. National Hire A Veteran Day reminds employers to consider veterans to fill their open positions. As highly trained, qualified individuals, they are ideal for numerous trades.
Legislation protects separating service members as they enter the civilian workforce. However, the best way any potential employer can honor a veteran is to hire one!
While other service members continue to serve in points unknown, the day provides their returning brothers and sisters with an opportunity. Many skills gained in the military world transfer to the civilian world. Both small and large businesses benefit from the talent of our veterans, too. Regardless of the position, find qualified candidates in a range of fields. For example:
- Information Technology – Engineering
- Cyber Security – Sales
- Marketing – Management
- Finance – Healthcare
- Skilled Trades
Free training for veterans can be found at https://www.uso.org/skillsoft.
“Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill” and do it with a Veteran! Please take a moment to honor our men and women of the Armed Forces. Offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce is one of the best ways to do that.
Photo Caption: Chef Marty Martel, USAF, Retired, cooked plenty of pancakes and bacon for a great turnout.
On Saturday, July 17th, Post 178 held a pancake breakfast for members and their families. It was the first “get together” since the onset of COVID-19 and many attended. Attendees enjoyed each other’s company and especially the pancakes and bacon grilled by longtime member Chef Marty Martel. Many thanks to Korrie and Brett Ragsdale of Be Krafty Ent. Inc. and everyone that assisted with the food and refreshments preparations.
Frisco City Council Mayor Pro Tem Bill Woodard presented a proclamation to Commander Fred Rogers for his dedicated service to the city and its veterans. Photo by Ed Reed.
Fred Rogers, former commander of American Legion Post 178, was honored by the Frisco City Council, Frisco ISD, and representatives of local state and federal government officials during a recent post membership meeting. Commander Rogers has been an American Legion member for the past 14 years. In 2014, he was also a founding charter member of Post 178.
As commander for the past seven years, the post membership has grown from 130 to more than 600 members. During his tenure, Post 178 received the Texas Post Excellence Award for four consecutive years and the National Post Excellence Award for three consecutive years. He has also previously held numerous prestigious local and state positions, such as President – Frisco Veterans Advisory Council, Department of Texas – Vice Commander, and Chairman – Department of Texas Oratorical Scholarship Program.
Attending the recognition program from the Frisco City Council were Mayor Pro Tem Bill Woodard and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Brian Livingston. Others attending included Allison Miller, Director – FISD Community Relation; Cierra Stanko – Wounded Warrior Fellow – Congressional District 26; Dodie Brigadier, Director – Constituent Services – Congressional District 4; Courtney Holt, District Director – State Senate District 12; and Melanie Marx, District Director – State Representative District 106. Post 178 Commander Rick Redden and former Adjutant Delbert Parsons also participated in the recognition program.
Former Commander Rogers will continue to be actively involved in post activities and planning as a member of the Post Executive Committee.
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(L – R) Color Guard members Terry Gilbert, John Ricca, Fred Rogers, Larry Wilhelm, Norm Burgess, and Ted Ruybal. Photo by Eric Bonar.
(L – R) Veterans Ted Ruybal and Fred Rogers manned a recruiting booth in the Patriotic Vendor Village. Photo by Eric Bonar.
The Post 178 Color Guard had the honor of presenting the Nation’s Colors during opening ceremonies of the ‘Party in the Plaza’ festivities at the Frisco Freedom Fest on July 4 in the City Hall Plaza. In addition to live entertainment, The Taste of Frisco featured more than 20 local restaurants.
Post 178 also manned a recruiting booth in the ‘Patriotic Vender Village’ which included more than 20 local entities. Besides discussing membership opportunities, miniature American flags were freely given to village attendees. Scouts from BSA Troop 178 also attended and provide assistance.
Festivities concluded with one of the largest fireworks shows in North Texas.
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.
On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” was not until 1791 and Independence Day celebrations only became common after the War of 1812. By the 1870’s. Independence Day had become the most important secular holiday on the American calendar and has transformed into what is known as the 4th of July today.
From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2021 is on Sunday, July 4, 2021; the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5, 2021.