New Post Challenge Coins Arrive!

New Post Challenge Coins Arrive!

The newly designed Post 178 Challenge Coins have arrived, look fantastic, and are available for purchase!

The project team, which was led by Ed Reed and included Fred Rogers, Delbert Parsons, and Jose Torres, began design efforts in early June. In less than 60 days our coin was designed, manufactured, and delivered.

The new coin has an entirely distinctive look than the 2020 coin. It is 4mm thick rather than 3mm and both the front and back of the coin sport entirely well-known designs. The front of the coin proudly displays the American Legion emblem while the back of the coin displays the five service branch emblems. It has an oblique edge and a finish of high polished gold. It also contains eight assorted colors.

The price of each coin is $10.00 and an ample supply exists. Purchases can be made at Membership Meetings or by contacting Terry Meyering at friscolegion.finance@gmail.com or 972-998-9993.

American Legion Post 178 and Lebanon Trail Navy National Cadet Corps Kickoff Freedom Fest Celebration

American Legion Post 178 and Lebanon Trail Navy National Cadet Corps Kickoff Freedom Fest Celebration

The American Legion Post 178 Color Guard and cadets from the Lebanon Trail Navy National Defense Cadet Corps presented the Nation’s Colors and service flags at the Frisco Freedom Fest.
Photo courtesy of Cadet Seaman Emma Ward.

The Post 178 Color Guard and Lebanon Trail Navy National Defense Cadet Corps had the honor of presenting the Nation’s Colors and Service Flags during the opening ceremonies of the 2022 Frisco Freedom Fest. The Independence Day celebration in the City Hall Plaza had live entertainment, local vendors, and The Taste of Frisco, featuring more than 20 local restaurants. 

Post 178 and the Cadet Corps also manned an information booth in the ‘Patriotic Vender Village’ which included more than 20 local participants. In addition to discussing membership opportunities, cadets shared information about their program. 

Festivities concluded with one of the largest fireworks shows in North Texas.

INDEPENDENCE DAY  –  JULY 4th

INDEPENDENCE DAY – JULY 4th

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” was not until 1791 and Independence Day celebrations only became common after the War of 1812.  By the 1870’s. Independence Day had become the most important secular holiday on the American calendar and has transformed into what is known as the 4th of July today.

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

We Lost a Great Man – Hershel “Woody” Williams

Hello Fellow Legionnaires, Veterans, Neighbors and Friends –

As most of you have learned by now, we lost one of our nation’s special heroes this past week when Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, a 72-year member of American Legion Post 177 in Barboursville, W.Va., died this past Wednesday, June 29 at age 98.

Our Frisco Community is especially blessed to be one of the sites selected by the Woody Williams Foundation to have a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. I am personally honored to have met Woody at the Monument Dedication Ceremony, thanks to our friends Chuck Wright and Rob Altman, who were among those serving on the local monument committee. Most of those who attended the dedication ceremony enjoyed this opportunity as well – Woody was very sociable and accessible. As the Frisco Post Commander and a proud Frisco resident, I am extremely grateful for the gift that Woody has bestowed on both our Gold Star Families and our entire community. Our Gold Star Monument will continue to serve as both a remembrance of the sacrifices of our local heroes and an inspiration to all of us to continue serving our Veteran community and our entire community.

I believe the best way we honor the legacy and spirit of Woody Williams is to continue to seek out opportunities to serve our local Frisco community, help our fellow Veterans and senior Frisco residents, and inspire our next generation of young men & women to serve our nation – to create their own legacies.

Thank you, Woody, for giving our Frisco community both a place to remember what you provided us, and the challenge to keep your spirit of service going!

In Gratitude,

John S. Stammreich
Commander, Peter J Courcy American Legion Post 178
“Fortune Favors the Bold” – USNA 1992

Post 178 Thanks Lowe’s for National Poppy Day Support

Post 178 Thanks Lowe’s for National Poppy Day Support

(L – R) Jeff Anderson, Co-Chair Poppy Committee, Rita Anderson, Co-Chair-Poppy Committee, Pam Sanchez, Lead Fulfillment Associate, Ryan Hostetler, Specialty Assistant Store Manager, and Ed Reed, Vice Commander-Public-Relations.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Post 178 members presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Specialty Assistant Manager Ryan Hostetler and Pam Sanchez, Lead Fulfillment Associate, on behalf of Lowe’s Store #2673 in Little Elm. Lowe’s offered its facilities to Post 178 on National Poppy Day, Friday, May 27, 2022.

Members Thor Anderson, Vice Commander – Post Activities, Jose Torres, Adjutant, and Jeff Anderson, Co-Chair Poppy Committee, staffed the site that helped spread awareness of this important day.

Customers leaving Lowe’s were asked to wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who had worn our nation’s uniform. The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars.

All donations received will be used by Post 178 for their programs that support veterans, the military community, and their families.

 

 

 

Post 178 Elects New Executive Officers

Post 178 Elects New Executive Officers

(L – R)  John Stammreich, new Post 178 Commander, Gene Toohey, Department Vice Commander, and Delbert Parsons, Immediate Past Commander.

Post 178 elected 13 Post Executive Committee officers at its general membership meeting on June 20, 2022. All newly elected officers will serve from July 2022 to June 2023. Former Commander Delbert Parsons will fill the Immediate Past Commander position.

Mr. Gene Toohey, Department Vice Commander, conducted the election and installed the new officers. Elected were John Stammreich – Commander, Rita Anderson – Vice Commander-Public Relations, Jeff Anderson – Vice Commander – Membership, Thor Anderson-Vice Commander – Post Activities, Terry Gilbert – Vice Commander – Programs, Jose Torres – Adjutant, Terry Meyering – Finance Officer, Bill McGowan – Judge Advocate, Fred Rogers – Service Officer, James Schaub – Chaplain, Ron Burcher – Sergeant at Arms, Ted Ruybal  -Member at Large, and Larry Wilhelm – Member at Large.

Mr. Toohey commented, “The leadership of Post 178 will continue its fine tradition of serving veterans, youth, and the Frisco and surrounding communities.”