Post 178 Color Guard events during May 2021.
Photo #1 – Texas Gold Star Families Memorial Dedication
Photo #2 – Memorial Day Program at Sunrise Senior Living
Photo #3 – 31st Annual Lone Star Corvette Classic at Texas Motor Speedway
Photo #4 – Armed Forces Day Celebration at Prairie Estates Skilled Nursing
Photo #5 – Texas Motor Speedway INDYCAR Race
Photo #6 – Memorial Day Observance at Frisco Commons Park
Photo #7 – Armed Forces Day at Frisco Roughriders Game
Photo #8 – Allen Americans Hockey
The American Legion Post 178 Color Guard has been in high demand in 2021. Its participation in events during 2020 were almost nonexistent because of the pandemic. But as COVID-19 restrictions have eased, requests to present the Nation’s Colors have increased dramatically.
The guard maintains a remarkably busy schedule for presenting the Nation’s Colors in Frisco and surrounding communities at numerous events, such as grand openings, ballgames, schools, holidays, community events and American Legion functions. Its Honor Guard also performs funerals and memorial services for area veterans and members of Post 178 upon request of the family. It also is qualified to perform services at the D/FW National Cemetery.
The guard was formed in 2014, the same year Post 178 was chartered. It currently has 12 members who fill various positions: flags, rifles, bugle, saber, and detail leader. In 2020 because of COVID-19, the number of events were reduced to ten. The number of events was 40 and 58 in 2019 and 2018, respectively. In May 2020 only 1 event was completed, however, 8 were completed in May 2021. The number of events should return to normal levels in 2022.
Besides time dedicated to scheduled events, practice is held monthly. Additionally, members pay more than half of the $400 in uniform costs. The post also has a Service Flag Detail that presents the flags of the United States Services and averages 3-4 events per year.
Post 178 is proud of its Color/Honor Guard. It provides services at no cost, but accepts donations, and welcomes interested parties to contact Color Guard Captain Larry Wilhelm at email@example.com. To learn more visit friscolegion.org.
Color Guard Members L-R Terry Gilbert, Fred Rogers, John Ricca, Larry Marshall, Thor Anderson, Theodore Ruybal, and Larry Wilhelm Photographer-Jeanie Beal
Service Flag Detail
Army – Don Swift, Marine Corps – Eric Bonar, Navy – DaNee’ Jensen, Air Force – Raymond Cage, Space Force – Korrie Ragsdale, Coast Guard – Brett Ragsdale Photographer-Jeanie Beal
On Saturday, May 22 the American Legion Post 178 Color Guard presented the Nation’s Colors at the 31st Annual Lone Star Corvette Classic at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Classic is a major event of the Lone Star Corvette Club. Proceeds benefited the Speedway Children’s Charities and The National Corvette Museum.
Founded in 1982, the Lone Star Corvette Club has over 1,000 members in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It offers just about any activity an owner of “America’s Sports Car” could want: Road Trips, Day Triops, Open Road Racing, Drag Racing, Autocross, Car Shows, Displays, Parades, and more.
The Post 178 Color Guard presented the Colors during a pep rally at Lakeside Middle School, Little Elm, on November 9th. Post member Felipe Vargas is the Vice Principal at the school and under his direction this was the first time the students had seen the Colors presented.
L-R >Ted Ruybal, Fred Rogers, Larry Marshall, Larry Wilhelm.
Post 178 Color Guard presented the Colors for a ceremony where a SUV was presented to Cpl. Michael Fox, a wounded Texas Marine.
A North Texas Marine has a new vehicle, thanks to a donated car and donated time. Cpl. Michael Fox was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost both his legs. On Thursday, Fox got a donated and adapted 2014 Nissan Pathfinder through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. Fox was nominated by Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted vehicles to veterans.
“It’s incredibly humbling and I’m so grateful to all of you,” said Fox after his new ride was unveiled. “I can’t thank you enough.”
The SUV was donated by GEICO, and workers at Caliber Collision in Little Elm donated 200 hours to adapt it for Fox’s special needs. “I put myself in this guy’s shoes,” said auto painter Jesus Hernandez, whose brother is a Marine. “I would want somebody to reach out to me, help me out, make my life a little bit easier.”
“Right now I’m using portable hand controls on my wife’s vehicle, and this one has permanent hand controls,” explained Fox. “So it’s going to be a lot safer.”
The donated vehicle came with a bonus; a back seat full of toys for Fox’s 9-month old son, Grant.
“Our son was actually born on his ‘alive day’,” said Erica Fox. “All these little milestones, everything just comes together, and it’s just been a really long, but rewarding road.”
NBC5 was there to report the story, which you can watch here.
Peter J. Courcy Post 178 was honored to present the colors at the 2018 NAMPOW (Vietnam era Prisoners of War) 45th Anniversary Freedom Reunion on August 18, 2018. This is an annual reunion and was held at the Omni Hotel at The Star Frisco, Texas.
Honor Guard members (L to R): Dave Fautheree, Terry Meyering, Larry Marshall, Ted Ruybal, Delbert Parsons
2018 NAMPOW 45th Anniversary of Freedom Reunion Highlights
The national organization of former Vietnam POWs (NAMPOWs.org) held their 45th Anniversary of Freedom reunion August 15-19, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. Over 440 family and friends attended the event, along with over 120 former POWs. The video provides a highlight of the activities over the 4-days of the reunion.
2018 NAMPOW FAREWELL BANQUET SPEAKER – DR ROGER E SHIELDS
This video includes the Farewell Banquet speaker, Dr. Roger Shields remarks on the last night of the national organization of former Vietnam POWs (NAMPOWs.org) 45th Anniversary of Freedom reunion August 15-19, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Roger E. Shields worked in President Nixon’s administration and was responsible for the planning and execution of Operation Homecoming that returned the POWs to freedom in 1973.
The Post Color Guard presented the Colors at The Parsons House Frisco, Retirement Center, for their 1st Anniversary ceremony conducted by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Event was held on Thursday, 3 May 2018.
L-R it is Ken Looney, Delbert Parsons, John Ricca, Larry Marshall & Fred Rogers