L-R Commander Delbert Parsons, President Glena Rogers, and Mayor Jeff Cheney display National Poppy Day Proclamation.
The tradition of wearing a poppy began in 1920 when it became the memorial flower of the American Legion. This year, the American Legion and the Frisco City Council are continuing to bring attention to this symbolic flower by calling upon all Americans to honor the fallen and support our nation’s veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families.
To highlight National Poppy Day, May 27, 2022, Mayor Jeff Cheney, on behalf of the Frisco City Council, presented a proclamation at their May 17 meeting to Delbert Parsons, Commander American Legion Post 178, and Glena Rogers, President Auxiliary Unit 178, and encouraged all citizens, residents, and visitors to join together in honoring every servicemember who has died in the name of liberty, freedom, and democracy while also showing their support for living veterans, servicemembers, and their families.
Post 178 will hand out poppies at two locations (Lowes at 2773 E. Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068 and Frisco Gun Club at 6565 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75033) on May 27 and 28 from 9 am to 5 pm.
Wear a poppy the Friday and Saturday before Memorial Day as a reminder to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and as a symbol of hope for the generations to come who will answer our nation’s call to military service.
On March 25, 2022, construction officially began on the Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington, Texas. A project years in the making, it will celebrate the recipients of our nation’s most prestigious military medal. It will be located near the stadiums of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the MLB’s Texas Rangers. It is expected to open in late 2024.
The groundbreaking ceremony included performances by the US Air Force Band of the West, the US Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, and the US Naval Academy Glee Club. As part of the groundbreaking, dirt was added to the foundation which had been sent in from all 50 states, in recognition of the sacrifices made by individuals from across the country.
The museum aims to be more than just a memorial or a symbol, however: teaching is at the heart of its mission. Exhibits and displays will tell the whole stories of the recipients. In short, the museum is about something that some would say our country needs today – patriotism. Finally, America has a museum to house vital treasures of our national memory.
L-R Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gerald, Post 178 Commander Delbert Parsons, Cadet Sergeant Farhiya Hussein, Post 178 Executive Member Larry Wilhelm, and Master Sergeant Calvin Washington.
L-R Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gerald, Post 178 Commander Delbert Parsons, Staff Sergeant Juan Patino, and Post 178 Executive Member Larry Wilhelm.
The Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) held their 2nd Annual Pass in Review and Award Ceremony on May 6, 2022. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gerald, US Army (Retired), Senior Army Instructor, and Master Sergeant Calvin Washington, US Army (Retired), Army Instructor, invited three American Legion Post 178 Executive Committee officers to present several awards.
Commander Delbert Parsons, and Post Executive Committee members Larry Wilhelm and Ed Reed attended the ceremony and jointly presented awards to two outstanding cadets. The American Legion Peter J Courcy Scholastic Excellence Award was presented to Cadet Sergeant Farhiya Hussein. Cadet Staff Sergeant Juan Patino was awarded The American Legion Peter J Courcy Military Excellence Award.
The Lake Highlands High School Wildcat program was established in 2019 and currently has approximately 100 cadets. The program includes numerous special teams: Raider Team, Color Guard, Drill & Ceremony, Rifle Team, and Saber Team. The battalion’s mission is “To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens.” More than 30 awards were presented during the ceremony which concluded with the longstanding military traditions of a Change of Command and Pass In Review.
Larry Wilhelm, Executive Committee Member and Color Guard Captain and Delbert Parsons, Commander Post 178, present the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award to Cadet Grace Yang.
Commander Delbert Parsons presents American Legion flag to Major Gary Billings.
The Lebanon Trail High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) held their 1st Annual Award Ceremony on May 10, 2022. Major Gary Billings, USMC (Retired), Senior Naval Science Instructor, invited American Legion Post 178 members to attend.
Delbert Parsons, Post 178 Commander, Larry Wilhelm. Executive Committee Member and Color Guard Captain, and Ed Reed, Vice Commander-Public Relations, attended the ceremony and presented an award to an outstanding cadet. Cadet PO3 Grace Yang was awarded the American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 Scholastic Excellence Award. After graduating from Wakeland High School later this month, Miss Yang will attend the United States Military Academy in the fall.
Commander Delbert Parsons also presented an American Legion flag to Major Billings. The flag will be hung in the naval science classroom along with the United States and Texas flags.
Major Billings established the Frisco ISD NNDCC program in 2021. The mission of the Cadet Corps is to motivate young people to become better citizens and effective leaders. The teaching goals of both the NNDCC and Post 178 Americanism programs have identical focuses: leadership, teamwork, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment, and service to the nation. American values and patriotism are also highlighted in both programs.
L-R Voter registrars Marty Martel, US Air Force, Retired, and David Break, US Army, Retired, register a new voter.
Recently, two Post 178 members visited the Memorial High School campus to register young voters. David Break, US Army Retired, and Marty Martel, US Air Force, Retired, volunteered to participate in the voter registration drive.
During the two-hour drive, numerous student inquiries were received and answered. More importantly, eight students were registered as new voters. The two Post 178 members were guests of Ms. Alicia Webb, Social Studies Department.
Memorial High School has been very receptive to Post 178 new voter registration drives.
American Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 8273 Honor Guard
A Celebration of Life service was recently held for Colonel Bernard L. Talley, Jr. (USAF, Retired) who was a Post 178 life member. He was a Prisoner of War for 6 1/2 years during the Vietnam War. His military awards included two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star medals, six Air Medals, two Purple Hearts, and the POW medal.
Post 178 members actively participated in honoring Colonel Talley. On the day preceding his service, members placed more than 50 United States flags at the service location, Additionally, the Joint American Legion and VFW color guard presented the Nation’s colors.
Final interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date,
Post 178 was honored to participate in the Celebration of Life for Colonel Talley.