American Legion Post 178 to Hold  Annual Constitution Speech Competition

American Legion Post 178 to Hold Annual Constitution Speech Competition

Eleven high school students from the Frisco area have registered to compete for college scholarships at the American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest. The competition will be held on Saturday, December 11 at 9 A.M. at The Grove at Frisco Commons, 8300 McKinney Rd, Frisco, TX 75034.

Orators are required to write and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. Additionally, the contest requires the orator to deliver extemporaneous remarks regarding one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.

Four winners will be selected to proceed to the district contest in Royse City on January 8, 2021. They will compete with winners from other posts in the 4th District. The contest is open to the public and admission is free.

Learn more about the American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 at friscolegion.org.

Joint American Legion Post 178 & VFW Post 8273 Color Guards Lead 2021 Frisco Community Parade

Joint American Legion Post 178 & VFW Post 8273 Color Guards Lead 2021 Frisco Community Parade

The Frisco Community Parade was held on November 13 to mark Veterans Day and to celebrate community pride. 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.

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.

Bonham State Veterans Home Donations

For the seventh year, Post 178 will provide needed hygiene, clothing, and other personal items through donations for the 117 veterans that reside at the Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas.  Please help by donating either by mailing a check to Terry Meyering, 7763 Sunflower Way, Frisco, TX 75033 or going online to friscolegion.org/donate – just select Bonham State Veterans Home.  Cash, and purchased items should be turned in at the November 15, 2021, membership meeting, held at The Grove at Frisco Commons, Commons Hall, 8300 McKinney Road, Frisco, Texas 75034.  You may also bring a check if you have not already mailed it in.  100% of donations to this fund will go to the Bonham Veterans Home.  These veterans will appreciate your generosity. No donation is too small, and all are appreciated.

 Donation Items Needed for Bonham Veterans Home

  • Small snack cakes, jellybeans, chips
  • Small individual packages of snack food
  • Crossword puzzle books; magazines
  • New men’s undershirts, sizes L & XL
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Chocolate and hard candy
  • Hairbrushes
  • Pull over hats and gloves
  • Cans of nuts & popcorn
  • Bars of Soap
  • Puzzles
  • Lap Blankets
  • Hand Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Shampoo
Wreath Donation Deadline Fast Approaching

Wreath Donation Deadline Fast Approaching

It is the time of year for donating wreaths for the Dallas – Ft. Worth National Cemetery. The deadline for donations is December 1. Currently, 48,500 wreaths are needed to ensure no veteran is left behind.

Go to www.honordfw.com to donate. For every two wreaths donated at this site, a third will be received free. If you would prefer to donate by check, make it payable to Wreaths Across America and mail to 1672 Angel Falls Dr., Frisco, TX 75036.

This year’s ceremony will be on December 18, 2021, at 10:50 A.M. If attending, please arrive by 10 A.M. to allow time for traffic and parking.

If you are unable to attend and would like a wreath laid on a loved one’s grave, please forward the name of the veteran, section, and site number to the address above and a volunteer will lay the wreath.

Carpooling from the Walmart parking lot at FM 423 & Stonebrook will occur on the following dates:
– Truck unloading – December 17th 8:00 A.M.
– Ceremony & placement – December 18th 9:00 A.M.
– Removal – January 15, 2022 7:30 A.M.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

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.

National Veterans Small Business Week

National Veterans Small Business Week

The annual National Veterans Small Business Week, November 1st through November 5th,  is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions veterans have made to American small business. It is a time to focus on veterans, the issues they face, and options for sustaining a small business. SBA posts different blog topics, holds social media conversations with industry pros, and provides resources to connect vets with the tools they need for their startup.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a report in 2017 noting that 9% of all U.S. companies are veteran-owned. That adds up to more than two million businesses with five million employees and nearly $200 billion in paychecks each year.

The SBA Office of Veterans Business Development provides help and support for vets who want to start or maintain small businesses. These programs are aimed at many different sectors in the veteran community, especially women veterans and members of the National Guard and Reservists, but it is the time when veteran businesses (including future businesses) are given special attention.