Veterans & Military Families Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November National Veterans & Military Families Month, and with hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by active duty, Guard, and Reserve military families has never been more important.
High school students from Frisco and Little Elm have registered to compete in the 2020 American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest which will be held in early December. “We have had an overwhelming response to our invitations to participate in this year’s post constitutional speech contest” said Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander. Contestant registration activities over the last two months were coordinated through high school counselor and teacher staffs.
The contest is open to qualified ninth (9th) through twelfth (12th) grade students of public, parochial, military, private, and state accredited home schools. The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution with emphasis to the attending duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The prepared oration must be an original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length. An additional element of the contest will require each contestant to deliver an oration lasting 3-5 minutes. The topic will be on some phase of the U.S. Constitution selected from Articles and Sections.
Eighteen schools, representing public, private, and home schools, were solicited. Nine schools registered fourteen contestants. Registrations included both male and female contestants and represented all grade classifications.
Post 178 winners can advance to district, division, state, and national levels of competition. At each level college scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship awards totaling $5,000 will be awarded at the state contest in San Antonio in February 2021. At the national final, college scholarships totaling $203,500 will be awarded in Indianapolis, IN in April 2021. The national winner will receive $25,000, second place $22,500, and third place $20,000.
Wreaths Across America activities at the DFW National Cemetery, located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75236, have been finalized.
Please consider donating wreaths. One wreath can be purchased for $15.00. When two wreaths are purchased for $30.00, the DFW National Cemetery will receive a third one free. Purchase online at Chris and Mary Bush’s fundraising website at: HonorDFW.com.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, trucks with the cases of wreaths will arrive early morning. Distribution of the cases of wreaths will begin at 8:30 A.M. and end at noon. Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1 if you will be able to assist with the distribution of the cases of wreaths. We will meet at the Walmart (FM 423 & Stonebrook Blvd. in Frisco) on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:15 A.M. to depart at 7:30A.M. to the DFW National Cemetery. Fred Rogers will be coordinating the carpooling to DFW National Cemetery.
Family members and close friends of the deceased can place wreaths on the gravesites at the following times:
- Wednesday, December 16th from noon to closing.
- Thursday, December 17th all day.
- Saturday, December 19th all day.
- Sunday, December 20 all day.
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, wreaths will be removed from the gravesites, placed in trucks and trailers, and returned to a large dumpster for future disposal.
The Motto of Wreaths Across America (WAA) is REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH. REMEMBER our veterans that served and are serving America, HONOR the fallen veterans, and TEACH our youth about the service and sacrifice of our veterans and families.
Thank you for your service to the Peter J Courcy Post 178 and the DFW National Cemetery.
On October 26th, National Day of the Deployed annually honors the United States military personnel deployed around the globe. The designation recognizes all the brave military personnel who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country. It also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during deployment and the sacrifices they make to afford their family members to serve our country.
Many deployed troops leave their families behind to serve their country. They make the greatest sacrifices to keep their country secure. A few ways to recognize their services include:
- Donate to a military organization like The American Legion
- Send care packages
- Attend ceremonies honoring the military
- Volunteer your time and services to local military organizations
- If you know a military family, ask what support they need
- Offer to support military personnel who have no family
245 Years on October 13
In an effort to overcome British sea control, the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, which later, on October 13, 1775, became the United States Navy. When the infant Navy was first formed, it consisted of just two armed vessels – tasked with disrupting munition ships supplying the British Army in America. Yet over the past nearly two and one-half centuries, our Navy has grown to become the largest, most advanced, and most lethal fighting force the world has ever known.
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