Wreath Donation Deadline Fast Approaching

Wreath Donation Deadline Fast Approaching

It is the time of year for donating wreaths for the Dallas – Ft. Worth National Cemetery. The deadline for donations is December 1. Currently, 48,500 wreaths are needed to ensure no veteran is left behind.

Go to www.honordfw.com to donate. For every two wreaths donated at this site, a third will be received free. If you would prefer to donate by check, make it payable to Wreaths Across America and mail to 1672 Angel Falls Dr., Frisco, TX 75036.

This year’s ceremony will be on December 18, 2021, at 10:50 A.M. If attending, please arrive by 10 A.M. to allow time for traffic and parking.

If you are unable to attend and would like a wreath laid on a loved one’s grave, please forward the name of the veteran, section, and site number to the address above and a volunteer will lay the wreath.

Carpooling from the Walmart parking lot at FM 423 & Stonebrook will occur on the following dates:
– Truck unloading – December 17th 8:00 A.M.
– Ceremony & placement – December 18th 9:00 A.M.
– Removal – January 15, 2022 7:30 A.M.

American Legion Post 178 Celebrates Veterans Day

American Legion Post 178 Celebrates Veterans Day

(L – R) Opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies Vice Commander Ed Reed, the Honorable Forrest Beadle, Commander – Post 71 in Denton and keynote speaker, and Immediate Past Commander Fred Rogers.  Not included is Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney.

A Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice was held at the Frisco Veterans Memorial in Commons Park. The ceremony, which was hosted by the American Legion Post 178, included special guests Post 178 Past Commander Fred Rogers, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, and the Honorable Forrest Beadle.

Commander Rogers recognized Mr. Burnett L. Sutter who attended the ceremony. He is a US Army World War II veteran who landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, France, in June 1944. For his military service in France, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in 2018. When he reached his 100th birthday earlier this year, Post 178 awarded him an Honorary Life Membership. Mr. Sutter became the most senior of the six World War II veterans in the post.

Mayor Cheney recognized Lee Mybren for being selected Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran. Mr. Myrben honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation technician from 1955 to 1977. During that time, he served six tours aboard aircraft carriers, three of which were in direct support of combat forces during the Vietnam War.

The keynote speaker was Judge Forrest Beadle who presides over the Denton County Criminal Court 3. Judge Beadle served as a U. S. Army tank commander from 1994 to 2001. He currently also serves as Commander of American Legion Post 71 in Denton. Judge Beadle spoke about the importance of veterans giving back after their military service. He shared a personal story about a close friend and fellow veteran who after several war zone tours struggled with suicide caused by PTSD. He also shared successes resulting from the implementation of the Denton County Veterans Treatment Court.

The American Legion Post 178 plans to annually host the Veterans Day Ceremony to honor area veterans and their families for their service.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect of our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” to account for all veterans in all wars.

Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year — November 11 — regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.

We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Marine Corps Birthday

Marine Corps Birthday

The U.S. Marine Corps Birthday celebrates the history, memory of those who served before and rekindles the bond that unites all generations of Marines. It is a celebration of the profound respect for the Marine Corps traditions and reverence of the heritage that distinguishes the Corps of Marines.

The Marine Corps birthday will take place on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The Marine Corps turns 246 years old. The birthday itself was formally recognized in 1921 at the behest of Major General John Lejeune, who ordered November 10, 1775, to be officially recognized service wide as the Marine Corps birthday.

The origins go back to the Revolutionary War in October of 1775. At that time, the  Continental Congress developed an official plan to use Marines to oversee a mission to intercept ammunition shipments from Britain. This, and a November resolution to create an official standing Marine Corps force, were key in building what eventually became the modern U.S. Marine Corps. Thus November 10, 1775, the day the Continental Marines were created serves as the official Marine Corps birthday.

American Legion Post 178  Recognized By Frisco ISD Board of Trustees

American Legion Post 178 Recognized By Frisco ISD Board of Trustees

(L-R) Superintendent Mike Waldrip, Rene Archambault, Board President, Larry Wilhelm and Terry Gilbert, Post 178 Executive Committee members, Sharon White, Community Outreach Liaison.

The Frisco Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized the contributions of the American Legion Post 178 to the district at their November 8 meeting. Allison Miller, Director – Frisco ISD Community Relations provided information about the post’s efforts and programs involving FISD students. Post 178 Executive Committee members Terry Gilbert and Larry Wilhelm attended the meeting and received a Certificate of Appreciation from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mike Waldrip.

Director Miller noted that since its charter in 2014, Post 178 has been a proud partner of the Frisco Independent School District. The post’s more than six hundred members has actively supported the education, mentoring, and provision of patriotic and wholesome programs that afforded growth opportunities to a new generation of Americans.

Additionally, she shared that Post 178 has had an ongoing commitment to its students by offering programs such as Texas Boys State, Oratorical Speech Contest, scouting, college scholarships, student voter registration, and flag education. Its Color Guard also has actively presented the Nation’s Colors at numerous school events. Lastly, she commented that the district appreciated the post’s past support and looked forward to an even stronger partnership in the future.

Post 178 Charter Member Selected Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran

Post 178 Charter Member Selected Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran

Vietnam veteran Lee C. Myrben received Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran award from Mayor Jeff Cheney.

Lee C. Myrben, charter and current member of American Legion Post 178, was honored as Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran by Mayor Jeff Cheney and City Council members on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Mr. Myrben honorably served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Technician from 1955 to 1977. During that time, he served six tours aboard U.S. Naval Aircraft carriers, with three of those tours being in direct support of U.S. Combat Forces during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he worked in the civilian sector for 27 years directing and supporting programs and projects for the U.S. Government, military contractors, and civilian corporations. He served as President of the San Diego Engineering Society and retired in 2003 as Director of National Security Solutions and Director of the Coast Guard Program.

For the last 17 years, he served the community as a leader, volunteer, and mentor. Some of Lee’s previous roles include serving as Vice Chairman of the Frisco Housing Authority Board; Post Commander of Frisco VFW Post 8273; Founding and current member of American Legion Post 178; Chairman for the Panther Creek Home-owners Association; Chairman of the Frisco Community Parade Committee; Chairman of the Memorial Day Committee; and founder of the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee, where he provided leadership on many projects during both Mayor Jeff Cheney’s and Mayor Maher Maso’s time in office. He has also been a long-time supporter of the Frisco Independent School District and the Frisco Education Foundation.

Mayor Cheney, on behalf of the City of Frisco and the City Council, honored his exemplary life of service, leadership, generosity, and commitment.