Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force

The 73rd Air Force Day will be celebrated on Friday, September 18, 2020.  Before the creation of the Air Force, the military flying operations were handled by the U.S. Army and the Navy by sea.  This branch of service is an important part of the history of air power in the United States.

In the decades since, it has established itself as an air force second-to-none.  WWII illustrated the value of air power, and the need to change the basic organization of the U.S. military forces.  The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs.

In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the U.S. Air Force as an independent service, equal to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.  Currently, U.S. Air Force personnel strength is approximately 334,000.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

The National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter.  Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the day.

A national-level ceremony is held at the Pentagon featuring members from each branch of military service.  Observances are also held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitals, schools, and veteran facilities.  Ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.

You Are Not Forgotten-that is the central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement which honors America’s prisoners of war, those still missing in action, and their families.  Many of our service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts.  While some of them made it home, tens of thousands never did.  The point of this day is to ensure that America remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned.

81,900 Americans remain missing from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War the Gulf Wars, and other conflicts.

Constitution and Citizenship Day

Constitution and Citizenship Day is observed on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and to “recognize all who by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

Constitution Day is observed every year to remember the Founding Fathers signing the Constitution.  Approximately 11,700 amendments have been proposed to the U.S. Constitution since its writing, including 71 during the last session of Congress.  Only 27 amendments have been adopted, a success rate of technically zero percent.  That indicates the Constitution written 233 years ago still serve the needs of the American people.  The Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights and other amendments, define our government and guarantee our rights.

Post 178 Recognized on American Legion Day

Post 178 Recognized on American Legion Day

Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander, and Mary Bush, mother of Peter J Courcy, the post’s namesake, display Frisco City Council Proclamation for American Legion Day that was presented by Jeff Chaney, Frisco Mayor

The American Legion celebrated its 101st anniversary on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  To honor of the anniversary, the Peter J Courcy Post 178 was recognized for its contributions to the city at the Frisco City Council meeting on September 15, 2020.  A proclamation from the city was presented by Mayor Jeff Cheney to Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander.  Also attending the presentation was Mary Bush, the mother of Peter J Courcy, the post’s namesake.

The proclamation noted that members of the American Legion are dedicated to upholding the ideals of freedom and democracy, while working to make a difference in the lives of fellow Americans.  It also noted that Post 178 has received national recognition for “Post Excellence” for its sustained service to the community.

Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander, said, “On behalf of the elected officers and the 585 dedicated veterans of Post 178, I am delighted to accept this proclamation.”  Post 178 actively sponsors wholesome activities that mentor youth, advocate patriotism and honor, promote strong national security, and care for its fellow servicemembers, veterans, and their families. To learn more visit www.friscolegion.org.

The American Legion was issued a federal charter by Congress on September 16, 1919.  “American Legion Day” was passed by Congress with overwhelming support on September 16, 2009.

Veterans, who have honorably served our nation since December 7,1941, as well as  those still serving, who are interested in joining Post 178 may contact 1st Vice Commander Rick Redden at 214-385-0205 or friscolegion.1stvice@gmail.com.

Patriot Day (National Day of Service and Remembrance)

Patriot Day (National Day of Service and Remembrance)

Today is the nineteenth anniversary of Patriot Day, officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance.  9/11/2001 was a day of tragedy.

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic group al Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, substantial long-term health consequences, and $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.  9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history.  It is also the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States.

We will never forget.

Department of Texas Sponsoring Sept. 15 Virtual Job Fair

The American Legion Department of Texas, the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission will host a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15.

The statewide virtual job fair is free to job-seeking veterans, transitioning service members, National Guardsmen, reservists, and military family members.

Job seekers can register by clicking here.

Employer Registration: https://premiervirtual.com/event/register-company/859-american-legion-texas-veterans-commission-career-fair