Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery so far has 25,163 wreaths sponsored. The goal is 54,500 wreaths for full coverage.
If you would like to sponsor wreaths, they are only $17 each. Go to: http://www.honordfw.com/ (Chris and Mary Bush Fundraising Page) and click the donate button. When the form comes up click the number of wreaths you’d like to donate. Of course, one is popular. But 5 wreaths ($85) and 10 wreaths ($170) are popular donations. After the transaction you will receive an email with a receipt for tax purposes. These wreaths are tax deductible.
You have until November 27th to order our wreaths in order for them to reach DFW by December 15th.
(L-R) Laura Mealey, Community Outreach Liaison, Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD, and Denette Davis, President, Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, present the Partners in Education certificate to Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander.
At the November 13, 2023, Frisco ISD Board of Trustees meeting, President Dynette Davis and Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD, presented a recognition certificate to American Legion Post 178 for their support, dedication, and service to the students and staff of the Frisco Independent School District.
Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, accepted the certificate on behalf of its Post Executive Committee and its more than 350 members. As part of its Partners in Education program, Frisco ISD recognized that the American Legion youth programs, such as Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Scholarship Contest, Scouting, and Voter Registration, complement youth education by developing lifelong skills.
The Frisco Community Parade was held on November 11 to mark Veterans Day and to celebrate community pride. The theme was Stars, Stripes, and Service. The Grand Marshall was Peter Burns, U.S. Army, Retired, and 2019 Distinguished Veteran of the Year.
The parade, which was originally a homecoming parade when Frisco was home to one high school, featured floats, school marching bands, high school football teams, cheerleaders, scouts, civic organizations, youth sports teams, Frisco-based professional sports teams, and local businesses.
Post 178’s entry consisted of the only tractor of the ninety-nine entries in this year’s parade. Both members and Pack 178 scouts rode on the trailer. Troop 178 scouts carried the post banner.
The Frisco Community Parade is a collaboration between the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee.
Special thanks go to Six & Mango Equipment for providing the Kubota tractor to pull the post’s trailer.
Mayor Pro Tem John Keating, Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, Post 178 Commander Ed Reed, Terry Gilbert, Post 178 Vice Commander-Programs
Despite unfavorable weather, veterans and their families joined other citizens on Friday, November 10 at the Frisco Veterans Memorial to celebrate Veterans Day.
Terry Gilbert, Post 178 Vice Commander-Programs and U.S. Air Force veteran was emcee. Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander and U.S. Air Force veteran, welcomed attendees to the ceremony. Mayor Pro Tem John Keating, a U.S. Army veteran, shared insights about service and dedication to our country.
Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, was the ceremony’s special guest speaker. He is the Senior Military Science Instructor at the Frisco ISD JROTC Navy National Defense Cadet Program. He shared comments about the history of Veterans Day and offered confidence that the country’s youth is being well prepared to continue the strong defense of our country and democracy.
The Post 178 Color Guard, led by Captain Bill Drake, and cadets from the Cadet Program presented the Colors. Leslie Rainey sang the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Chaplain Pam Break, Auxiliary Unit 178, provided the invocation and benediction.
A special thanks goes to the City of Frisco, its Parks and Recreation and Communications Departments.
Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect of our veterans. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day.
It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” to account for all veterans in all wars.
Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year — November 11 — regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.
We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
For the ninth year, Post 178 will deliver donations for the veterans that reside at the Texas State Veterans Home during the first week of December.
Donations may be cash, check, or credit card. Donation alternatives include:
- If cash, give it to the Finance Officer or Commander.
- If check, make payable to American Legion Post 178 with a note for Clyde Cosper Veterans Home and send to Terry Meyering, Post Finance Officer, 7763 Sunflower Way, Frisco, TX 75033.
- If credit card, click https://friscolegion.org/donate and click Donate Now for Bonham State Veterans Home.
Cash and checks may be turned in at the upcoming November 28th Membership meeting. No donation is too small, and all are appreciated.