Frisco Freedom Fest

Frisco Freedom Fest

Members of the American Legion Post 178 Color Guard and cadets from the JROTC Navy National Defense Cadet Corps presented the Nation’s Colors and service flags at the Frisco Freedom Fest. Photos by John Brady.

 

The Post 178 Color Guard and JROTC Navy National Defense Cadet Corps had the honor of presenting the Nation’s Colors and Service Flags during the opening ceremonies of the 2024 Frisco Freedom Fest. The Independence Day celebration in the City Hall Plaza had live entertainment, local vendors, a Classic Car Show and many food vendors.

Post 178 Color Guard and Cadets presented the Nation’s Colors and Service Flags at the 34th Lone Star Corvette Classic

Post 178 Color Guard and Cadets presented the Nation’s Colors and Service Flags at the 34th Lone Star Corvette Classic

Photos Courtesy of John Brady

 

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, the American Legion Post 178 Color Guard and cadets from the Lebanon Trail Navy National Defense Cadet Corps presented our Nation’s Colors and Service Flags at the 34th Lone Star Corvette Classic at the Marriott DFW Hotel and Golf Club.

Color Guard veterans included Terry Gilbert, Larry Wilhelm, Thor Anderson, and Bill Drake.   Cadets that attended were Cadet Ensign Avi, Cadet Seaman Adhya Pathangey, Cadet Seaman Jackson Hillier, Cadet Seaman Aanve Pathangey, Cadet PO2 Ian Willink, Cadet Ensign Peter Eliopoulos and Cadet PO3 Jashwanth Bandlamudi.

The Classic is a major event of the Lone Star Corvette Club, which was founded in 1982 and has over 1,200 members in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Proceeds benefit the Speedway Children’s Charities and The National Corvette Museum.

The Classic was a two-day event. On Friday there is an opportunity for parade laps at one of North Texas’ premier tracks, Eagles Canyon Raceway.  On Saturday, the day was full of sun, great cars, and wholesome fun. It started with a car show at the parking lot and ended with dinner, awards, and a live auction.

Color Guard/ Honor Guard Needs You!

Color Guard/ Honor Guard Needs You!

Within the last two months we have seen our ranks dwindle by three.

We have lost and will miss three steadfast participants in our Color Guard/ Honor Guard. So now have a shortage of Guard members.

We need your assistance to fill our ranks so we can accept requests from the community that ask our post to present the colors of our nation before their event.

This is not demanding work, and we can teach you if necessary.

We can even help with the procurement of uniforms, and we even have a few extra ones from the generous donations of members who have retired.

Please consider putting on the uniform again and show our neighbors what a privilege it is to be able to serve as we all have done before.  Let them know what it is to be a proud AMERICAN!

Our guard is well known throughout Frisco and surrounding communities, and as far away as Dallas and Fort Worth.  Each time our color/honor guard participates in an event, our post’s brand is enhanced.

Contact Bill Drake at 214-274-9955 for more information.

American Legion Post 178 Color Guard Opens 2023 Frisco Bowl

American Legion Post 178 Color Guard Opens 2023 Frisco Bowl

Color Guard Members: Larry Wilhelm, Kevin Robinson, Terry Gilbert, Norm Burgess, Noel Leduna, and Bill Drake. Not pictured Ted Ruybal. Photos by John Brady

For the past 6 years your Frisco American Legion Post 178 Color Guard has been honored to present the colors opening the Frisco Bowl. This year’s Frisco Bowl was held on December 19, 2023, and featured the UTSA Roadrunners verses Marshall’s Thundering Herd with UTSA winning 35 to 17 marking their first bowl game win in history. Founded in 2017, the Frisco Bowl is an annual NCAA sanctioned post-season Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college bowl game played in Frisco, Texas.

American Legion Post 178 and Lebanon Trail Navy National Cadet Corps Kickoff Freedom Fest Celebration

American Legion Post 178 and Lebanon Trail Navy National Cadet Corps Kickoff Freedom Fest Celebration

The American Legion Post 178 Color Guard and cadets from the Lebanon Trail Navy National Defense Cadet Corps presented the Nation’s Colors and service flags at the Frisco Freedom Fest.
Photo courtesy of Cadet Seaman Emma Ward.

The Post 178 Color Guard and Lebanon Trail Navy National Defense Cadet Corps had the honor of presenting the Nation’s Colors and Service Flags during the opening ceremonies of the 2022 Frisco Freedom Fest. The Independence Day celebration in the City Hall Plaza had live entertainment, local vendors, and The Taste of Frisco, featuring more than 20 local restaurants. 

Post 178 and the Cadet Corps also manned an information booth in the ‘Patriotic Vender Village’ which included more than 20 local participants. In addition to discussing membership opportunities, cadets shared information about their program. 

Festivities concluded with one of the largest fireworks shows in North Texas.

Peter J Courcy Post 178 Honor Guard Performs Military Honors for Honorary Life Member

Peter J Courcy Post 178 Honor Guard Performs Military Honors for Honorary Life Member

Honor Guard members performing military funeral honors for Burnett “Burnie” Louis Sutter:
(L – R) Larry Marshall, Larry Wilhelm, Charlie Daniels, Ted Ruybal, and Fred Rogers.

 

The Post 178 Color Guard currently consists of twelve members, eight of which participate in the Honor Guard performing military funeral honors for veterans. The Post has been providing this service since the post was chartered in 2014.

The Post 178 Honor Guard recently was honored to participate in a worship service celebrating the life of Burnett ”Burnie” Louis Sutter. Near the end of the worship service the Post 178 Honor Guard performed the military funeral honors to present a United States flag to his only daughter, Sandra Daun Richards.

All eligible veterans, including military retirees, are entitled to military funeral honors. At a minimum, the funeral honors ceremony will consist of the playing of taps and the folding and presentation of the U.S. flag. At least two uniformed military personnel shall perform the ceremony. If a bugler is not available, an electronic recording will be played. One of the uniformed military personnel will be from the deceased veteran’s parent military service and will present the flag to the next of kin.

Mr. Sutter was awarded a Post 178 Honorary Life Membership on April 7, 2021, his 100th birthday. At the time, Mr. Sutter was the most senior of the post’s six World War II veterans. He was a US Army World War II veteran and served in the ”Tough Hombres”, 90th Division, 358 Regiment, M Company. He landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, France, in June 1944. For his military service in France, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in 2018.