It has been more than two decades since 9/11. Honor and commemorate the sacrifices made that day by remembering the heroes, armed forces, first responders, and countless others’ acts of service to defend our nation’s freedom.
On the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans of all ages and backgrounds are again invited to join and lead community service projects to honor the lives and service of those we lost on September 11.
September 11 marks a tragic day in U.S. history, but the date has also been chosen to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Patriot Day honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each year Americans dedicate this day to remembering those who died and to the first responders who risked their own lives to save others.
On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush officially designated September 11th as Patriot Day.
The day has also been designated as a day that the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day. In addition, the people of the United States are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in remembrance of the victims.
On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.” The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Coming several months after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Japan’s capitulation in the Pacific brought six years of hostilities to a final and highly anticipated close.
Fellowship Power Lunch Veterans and First Responders Appreciation Lunch is held annually in November in Frisco, Texas. Every year, they feature a veteran as a keynote speaker to share his or her story and inspire us. Please join them to support these amazing men and women of our military and first responders. For more information: https://fellowshippowerlunch.com/veterans/
If you’re a veteran or first responder, they want to honor you! There is no cost for you and your spouse or guest to attend. Please let them know you’re coming by registering below.
The City of Frisco and the Frisco Garden Club will host a 9/11 Remembrance at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, September 11. The ceremony will be at Freedom Meadow in Warren Sports Complex, located at 7599 Eldorado Pkwy. The annual ceremony honors the memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and will include the Frisco Fire and Frisco Police Honor Guards and the Heritage High School Coyote Chorale.
Photo by John Brady
The 2023 Post 178 Texas Boys Statesmen were honored at the Frisco City Council meeting on August 15, 2023. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, presented the statesmen to Mayor Jeff Chaney and council members. Mayor Cheney proclaimed the day as “Frisco Boys Statesmen Day”. He further recognized the vital role high school principals, counselors, and teachers play in the nomination process of prospective delegates.
The group of 20 incoming seniors who attended the 2023 Texas Boys State program from June 11 through June 17, 2023, received a proclamation.
The American Legion Boys State program began 85 years ago and is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instructions for high school students. It is a participatory program where each delegate becomes part of the process of his local, county, and state government.
Since June 2014, including the 2023 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 177 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State and Boys Nation programs support mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.
Photo Caption – (L-R) Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander. Major Gary Billings, USMC (Ret.), Lt Col Ivan Acosta, USAF (Ret.), and Ted Ruybal, Post Liaison Committee Chair.
The Frisco ISD Navy National Defense Cadet Corps program was established with 69 cadets in 2021 at Lebanon Trail High School by Maj Gary Billings. Because of its success, the program enrollment for the 2023-24 will be 114 cadets. As a result, Lt Col Ivan Acosta, USAF, (Ret.) recently joined the program as an additional instructor.
Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, and Ted Ruybal, the newly assigned Post Liaison Committee Chair, recently met with Maj Billings and welcomed Lt Col Acosta to the Cadet Corps. All discussed ideas that will ensure the continuation of their highly successful partnership. The cadets have participated in many post activities since their program was established.
The Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program and the Post 178 Americanism programs share common missions. The mission of the Cadet Corps is to motivate young people to become better citizens and effective leaders. Post 178 Americanism programs, such as, Boys State, Oratorical Scholarship Contest, School Awards, and Scouting, have an identical mission. The teaching goals of both programs are focused on leadership, teamwork, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.
Post 178 is honored to partner with and support the Lebanon Trail High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corp.