May 8th of each year, we celebrate V-E Day (Victory in Europe)

May 8th of each year, we celebrate V-E Day (Victory in Europe)

Although in 1944 the war continued in the Pacific, the free world took a moment to pause and celebrate a victory that had pushed back forces trying to subjugate much of Europe and the United Stated to the ideology of fascism.

“The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of freeborn men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our armies of liberation have restored freedom to those suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressor could never enslave.”

– President Harry S. Truman, V-E Day Proclamation

Post 178 Members Invited to Welcome Home Opening Ceremonies at The Wall That Heals — LOCATION CHANGE

Post 178 Members Invited to Welcome Home Opening Ceremonies at The Wall That Heals — LOCATION CHANGE

Post 178 members are invited to attend the Welcome Home Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 7:00PM at Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75034 .  Plan to arrive a few minutes early to secure parking and your reserved seats.

WELCOME HOME OPENING CEREMONY DETAILS:

  • Keynote Speaker will be Major General James Livingston, Medal of Honor, USMC, (RET)
  • Traditional Vietnamese Lion/Dragon Dance
  • Candlelight Remembrance
  • TAPS on Bagpipes at Sunset (8 & 12pm)
  • A Military Inspired Drone Show (8:30pm)

 

The Wall that Heals – Frisco, TX – Event Schedule

GRAND PARK (7275 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco) – 24HR ACCESS

Tuesday | April 30, 2024

10:30AM: Escort Riders & Vehicles assemble at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Centennial

11:45AM: Safety brief with Escort Captain, Tom Ussery

12:00PM: Escort departs

12:30PM: Flag Line assembles at Grand Park to welcome procession

1:00PM: Approximate time of escort procession and TWTH truck arrival to Grand Park

**After arrival to exhibit site: Group Photo of Escort Riders

See Full Route

Wednesday | May 1, 2024

8:30 AM: Assemble The Wall that Heals

6:00 PM: Volunteer Training

Thursday | May 2, 2024

12:00 AM: The Wall that Heals Opens for Viewing – 24 Hours a Day

1:00 PM: Group Tour

2:00 PM: Group Tour

3:00 PM: Group Tour

4:00 PM: Group Tour

7:00 PM: Opening Ceremony

8:12 PM: TAPS at Sunset

Book Group Tour

Friday | May 3, 2024

12:00 AM: The Wall that Heals Opens for Viewing – 24 Hours a Day

8:00 AM: Group Tour

9:00 AM: Group Tour

10:00 AM: Group Tour

11:00 AM: Group Tour

1:00 PM: Group Tour

2:00 PM: Group Tour

3:00 PM: Group Tour

4:00 PM: Group Tour

8:13 PM: TAPS at Sunset

Book Group Tour

Saturday | May 4, 2024

12:00 AM: The Wall that Heals Opens for Viewing – 24 Hours a Day

8:00 AM: Group Tour

9:00 AM: Group Tour

10:00 AM: Group Tour

11:00 AM: Group Tour

1:00 PM: Group Tour

2:00 PM: Group Tour

3:00 PM: Group Tour

4:00 PM: Group Tour

8:13 PM: TAPS at Sunset

Book Group Tour

Sunday | May 5, 2024

12:00 AM – 2:00 PM: The Wall that Heals Opens for Viewing

8:00 AM: Group Tour

9:00 AM: Group Tour

10:00 AM: Group Tour

11:00 AM: Group Tour

2:00 PM: Closing Ceremony; The Wall that Heals is Closed

Each tour group is guided by a VVMF staff member through the Mobile Education Center and The Wall. That tour plus allowing time to ask questions of the guide, lasts approximately 40-45 minutes. Tours can be shortened slightly to accommodate group/class schedules.

American Legion Post 178 Appreciation Is Rewarded with A Surprise Donation

(L-R) Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, presented Neil Farren, owner of Strikz Entertainment in Frisco, a certificate of appreciation.

(L-R) Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, accepts from Neil Farren, a $1000 donation to the Courcy Post 178 Foundation from the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL).

Mr. Neil Farren is a true friend of Post 178.  He has allowed the Post 178 Executive Committee to meet at Strikz Entertainment, a family owned and entertainment center in Frisco, for many years…at no cost.  The Executive Committee recently agreed that his service to Post 178 deserved recognition. He attended the April 15 Membership Meeting and was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a Post 178 coin.

To all attendees’ complete surprise, after receiving his appreciation certificate and coin, he presented a $1000 donation from the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) to the Courcy Post 178 Foundation.

BVL’s mission is a simple one – to brighten the lives of veterans each day. Since 1942, bowling centers, bowlers and sponsors have raised more than $56 million for BVL to support veterans by funding recreation therapy programs at veterans’ hospitals, clinics, and community-based counseling centers.

American Legion Post 178 Veteran Achieves Membership Milestone

American Legion Post 178 Veteran Achieves Membership Milestone

(L-R) Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, presents Post 178 member Batson Stevens certificates of appreciation from national headquarters and Post 178.

A 60-year continuous membership anniversary is a significant milestone. It is particularly significant when it involves membership to the American Legion.

Batson Stevens, a Post 178 member and U.S. Air Force veteran, recently celebrated 60-years continuous membership. Not surprisingly, he has the longest membership tenure of the more than 440 members of Post 178.

(L-R) Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, presents Post 178 member Batson Stevens his American Legion 60-Year continuous membership pin.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964 and served during the Vietnam War. He has been a Post 178 member for four years since transferring from Post 551 in Lake Charles, LA, in 2020. He joined the Legion during his early twenties.

Post 178 Supports the Frisco Chamber Foundation’s Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K

Post 178 Supports the Frisco Chamber Foundation’s Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K

(L-R)  Commander Ed Reed, Color Guard Captain Bill Drake, and Executive Member Thor Anderson manned the Post 178 tent.

More than 2,500 runners participated in the Frisco Chamber Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K at Collin College on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Organized by the Frisco Chamber Foundation, the event has raised almost $300,000 and all funds have benefited non-profit 501c3 charitable organizations within the North Texas community.

Post 178 members Bill Drake, Thor Anderson, and Ed Reed volunteered to staff a tent at the Finishers’ Fest and distribute American Legion literature and wallet cards for the Be the One veteran suicide national campaign.