September 11 marks a tragic day in U.S. history, but the date has also been chosen to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Patriot Day honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each year Americans dedicate this day to remembering those who died and to the first responders who risked their own lives to save others.
On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush officially designated September 11th as Patriot Day.
The day has also been designated as a day that the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day. In addition, the people of the United States are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in remembrance of the victims
September is National Service Dog Month, a time marked to pay tribute to the animals who support Americans with special training to help with people dealing with vision impairment, medical issues, mental health, and many other areas.
A service dog is trained for as long as two years at an expense that can reach as high as $40,000. The training for service dogs varies depending on the emphasis. Medical alert dogs will have different skill sets than those who assist people with unrelated medical issues.
There is no single breed of preferred service dog. They can be large or small, they can be especially bred for service or they can be sourced as rescue dogs. There are dogs trained to help the visually impaired, those with PTSD, and much more.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when an individual experiences a traumatic event like combat, military sexual trauma, violence, and terrorism. It is normal for most people to have a stress reaction after a traumatic experience. But, if the reaction doesn’t dissipate or begins to disrupt daily life, then you may have PTSD. According to the National Center for PTSD, eight out of every 100 veterans have PTSD.
If you or a fellow comrade is struggling with PTSD, here are nine organizations that can help:
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Give an Hour
BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative
PTSD Foundation of America
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Resource Directory
Suffering from PTSD can be a lonely and isolating experience. The first step to getting well and learning how to manage your symptoms is to ask for help. There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you may not be able to cope by yourself. Know that you are not alone and use these resources to contact professionals who are ready to help.
Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps Reserve!
The Marine Forces Reserve (also known as the United States Marine Corps Reserve or the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) was created in 1916, in conjunction with the creation of the Navy Reserve. Since then, the evolution of this force would expand from just thirty-five to today’s 40,000 Marine Corps Reservists. The Marine Corps Reserve Birthday is observed every year on the 29th of August.
Marine Corps Reserve birthday will be celebrated on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
The Marine Forces Reserve is tasked with the mission of augmenting and reinforcing active-duty Marine forces during a war or open hostilities, national emergencies, and contingency operations. The Marine Corps Reserve also relieves active-duty forces in peacetime missions and offers service to the community.
2021 Post 178 Boys State Statesmen and parents honored at the Post 178 August Membership Meeting. Photo by Jeanie Beal.
The 2021 Texas Boy State Statesmen were honored at the Post 178 August membership meeting. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, said, “We had a very strong group of nineteen young men from Frisco ISD and private high schools complete the program this year. High school principals, counselors, and teachers played a key role in nominating these young men from each of their respective schools.”
Seventeen high school juniors who attended the 2021 Texas Boys State virtual program from June 27 through July 2, 2021, were recognized. Each received a Certificate of Recognition from U. S. Congressman Taylor or Burgess. Thomas Davies, who was also selected a Boys Nation Senator and attended a week-long program in Washington, D.C., received certificates from both U. S. Senators Cruz and Cornyn.
The American Legion Boys State, an 85 years-old program, is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instructions for high school students. It is a participatory program where each delegate became part of the process of his local, county, and state government. The American Legion Boys Nation is a weeklong educational program held in Washington, D.C. on the structure and function of federal government.
Since June 2014, including the 2021 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 141 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State and Boys Nation programs support mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.
The Pacific War saw the Allies pitted against Japan. Fighting consisted of some of the largest naval battles in history, and incredible fierce battles and war crimes across Asia and the Pacific Islands, resulting in immense loss of human life. The war culminated in massive Allied air raids over Japan and atomic bombings. After the war, Japan lost all rights and titles to its former possessions in Asia and the Pacific, and its sovereignty was limited to the four main home islands and other minor islands as determined by the Allies.
On August 14, 1945, at 7 p.m. President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victory Over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.” The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Coming several months after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Japan’s capitulation in the Pacific brought six years of hostilities to a final and highly anticipated close.
On August 7, Purple Heart Day, the nation pauses to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by brave people in the military.
The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed because of enemy action. A Purple Heart is a solemn distinction and means a service member has sacrificed themselves, or paid the ultimate price, while in the line of duty.
According to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, more than 1.8 million Purple Heart medals have been presented to members since the award was created in 1782.
On Purple Heart Day, honor those who have received the Purple Heart medal. Post 178 has numerous veterans who are Purple Heart recipients. Post 178 is proud to be a “Purple Heart Post.’