(L-R) Delbert Parsons accepts the gavel from Immediate Past Commander Fred Rogers after taking the oath of office . Photo by Ed Reed.
At its general membership meeting on November 15, 2021, Delbert Parsons was elected the new Post 178 Commander. Commander Parsons will serve until June 2022.
Commander Parsons is a charter member of Post 178. He served as Adjutant from 2015 to 2021. In 2018, he was presented the annual Jimmy D. Lemley Award for Outstanding Texas State Adjutant by then State Commander John Hince.
Immediate Past Commander Fred Rogers officiated the officer election and administered the installation ceremony. Rogers said “Commander Parsons will continue to provide the leadership of Post 178 and its fine tradition of serving veterans, youth, Frisco and surrounding communities as it has done since it was chartered in 2014.”
Commander Parsons served in the U.S. Marines from 1959 to 1963. He completed boot camp in San Diego and served in the 5th Marine Division. In December, he and Linda, who serves as the Auxiliary Unit 178 treasurer, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters whose sons are both veterans.
Welcome aboard Commander Parsons!
The Frisco Community Parade was held on November 13 to mark Veterans Day and to celebrate community pride. The parade, which was originally a homecoming parade when Frisco was home to one high school, featured floats, school marching bands, high school football teams, cheerleaders, scouts, civic organizations, youth sports teams, Frisco-based professional sports teams, and local businesses.
The Frisco Community Parade is a collaboration between the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee.
For the seventh year, Post 178 will provide needed hygiene, clothing, and other personal items through donations for the 117 veterans that reside at the Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas. Please help by donating either by mailing a check to Terry Meyering, 7763 Sunflower Way, Frisco, TX 75033 or going online to friscolegion.org/donate – just select Bonham State Veterans Home. Cash, and purchased items should be turned in at the November 15, 2021, membership meeting, held at The Grove at Frisco Commons, Commons Hall, 8300 McKinney Road, Frisco, Texas 75034. You may also bring a check if you have not already mailed it in. 100% of donations to this fund will go to the Bonham Veterans Home. These veterans will appreciate your generosity. No donation is too small, and all are appreciated.
Donation Items Needed for Bonham Veterans Home
- Small snack cakes, jellybeans, chips
- Small individual packages of snack food
- Crossword puzzle books; magazines
- New men’s undershirts, sizes L & XL
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Chocolate and hard candy
- Pull over hats and gloves
- Cans of nuts & popcorn
- Bars of Soap
- Lap Blankets
- Hand Lotion
The Frisco High School Choir, and Orchestra and American Legion Post 178 Color Guard presented a Veterans Day tribute to honor local area veterans.
The program included patriotic songs which were led by Julie Daniels, Director FHS Orchestras. Post 178 Chaplain James Schaub gave the invocation and benediction. The Post 178 Color Guard presented and retired the Nation’s colors. Larry Wilhelm, Color Guard Captain, and Ted Ruybal concluded the program with the POW/MIA remembrance service.
The program honored and listed the names of the eleven young men who lived in Frisco who have been killed in action since World War I. Each is honored at the Veterans Memorial in Frisco Commons with a plaque at the Wall of Honor, as well as a trail marker describing their service.
The eleventh soldier listed was Corporal Peter John Courcy, U.S. Army – Operation Enduring Freedom, who was killed in action on February 10, 2009, in Afghanistan. He was 22 years old. Because Peter had attended Frisco High School, a special tribute honored him.
Peter J Courcy is the namesake of Post 178.
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.
(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.