June 23, 2021 is the official Coast Guard Auxiliary birthday. Most are familiar with the Coast Guard, and while the Coast Guard Reserve is not quite as well known, it is the Coast Guard Auxiliary which remains one of the more obscure (but important) groups that has traditionally been associated with the United States Military.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed auxiliary service of the United States Coast Guard. It is comprised of 26,000 members who volunteer their time to support the operation of the Coast Guard, promote and improve recreational boating safety, and provide trained crews and facilities to enhance the safety and security of US ports, waterways, and coastal regions.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an unpaid force of volunteers who perform duties like or in support of the regular Coast Guard. Legislation passed in the mid-1990s authorized the Auxiliary to support any Coast Guard missions not involving law enforcement or real-world military operations. Today the Coast Guard, Reserve, and Auxiliary under the Department of Homeland Security.
ALA Unit 178 members (L-R) Glena Rogers, Tiffany Troxclair, Mary Kate Troxclair, Dolores Faulkner, Janice Kenyon, and Vickie Allen are ready to greet Bonham residents.
Things are getting “back to normal” for ALA Unit 178. After many months away because of COVID quarantine requirements, we were finally available to visit our sweet ladies in Bonham. We have missed our “Red Hat Tea Parties” and it was a pleasure to bring refreshments, sweets, and gifts to our resident friends at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home.
We had the further pleasure of Mary Kate Troxclair joining our trip. She is one of our junior members who is also completing her term as the Junior Department (State) President. Under Mary Kate’s supervision, the juniors who attend the ALA Department Convention this summer will help create greeting cards for the Bonham residents that will be delivered on a future visit.
The Bluebonnet Girls State delegates from Unit 178 are about to begin their 2021 session. Again, a virtual program, we have the honor of sending 14 students from six area high schools to represent our community. Congratulations to Simra Masroor, Gurpreet Thind, Deepika Manduva, and Sanya Oak of Heritage HS; Surani Srivastava and Faith Lee of Frisco HS; Mishaal Qureshi, Rachel Waller, and Olivia McCauley of Reedy HS; Jungyun Yang of Wakeland HS; Netra Bhargava and Isra Juwariya of Liberty HS; and Catherine Mersiovsky and Mary Kate Troxclair of Little Elm HS. We look forward to all the remarkable things these young ladies will accomplish as they become citizens of Texas Girls State.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 members, (L-R) Tracy Gamble and Virginia Mendlik, greeted shoppers with poppies in 2020 at the Frisco Lowe’s Home Improvement.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Its growth was attributed to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by World War I. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battles following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.
The poppy became the official flower of The American Legion on September 22, 1920 to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during World War I. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.
The American Legion Auxiliary has used poppies for many years to raise awareness and support for our nation’s veterans. This year the American Legion Auxiliary will continue to bring attention to this symbolic flower by calling upon all Americans to honor the fallen and support the living on National Poppy Day, May 28,2021.
Since 2015 Auxiliary Unit 178 has distributed poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower donate to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their families with medical and financial needs.
On Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. members of Auxiliary Unit 178 will distribute poppies at Lowe’s Home Improvement at 3360 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034.
On National Poppy Day, wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.
FRISCO TEXAS – The American Legion Auxiliary, Peter J Courcy Unit 178 was recently organized and elected their officers. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 will be led by Phyllis Sutton, President.
President Sutton stated “The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support American Legion Post 178 and become the premier service organization and foundation of Frisco and surrounding communities providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security”.
A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary. Additionally, the mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who honorably served in the United States Armed Forces during the war-time eras as specified by Congress are eligible for membership.
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By Tommy Cummings
The American Legion Auxiliary, Peter J. Courcy Unit 178, in Frisco recently organized and elected Phyllis Sutton as the unit’s president.
“The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support American Legion Post 178 and become the premier service organization and foundation of Frisco and surrounding communities providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security,” Sutton said in a news release.
The post meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Frisco Senior Center, 6670 Moore St.