American Legion Post 178 & VFW Post 8273 Color Guards Lead 2023 Frisco Community Parade

American Legion Post 178 & VFW Post 8273 Color Guards Lead 2023 Frisco Community Parade

 

The Frisco Community Parade was held on November 11 to mark Veterans Day and to celebrate community pride. The theme was Stars, Stripes, and Service. The Grand Marshall was Peter Burns, U.S. Army, Retired, and 2019 Distinguished Veteran of the Year.

The parade, which was originally a homecoming parade when Frisco was home to one high school, featured floats, school marching bands, high school football teams, cheerleaders, scouts, civic organizations, youth sports teams, Frisco-based professional sports teams, and local businesses.

Post 178’s entry consisted of the only tractor of the ninety-nine entries in this year’s parade. Both members and Pack 178 scouts rode on the trailer.  Troop 178 scouts carried the post banner.

The Frisco Community Parade is a collaboration between the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee.

Special thanks go to Six & Mango Equipment for providing the Kubota tractor to pull the post’s trailer.

American Legion Post 178 Celebrates Veterans Day

American Legion Post 178 Celebrates Veterans Day

Mayor Pro Tem John Keating, Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, Post 178 Commander Ed Reed, Terry Gilbert, Post 178 Vice Commander-Programs

Despite unfavorable weather, veterans and their families joined other citizens on Friday, November 10 at the Frisco Veterans Memorial to celebrate Veterans Day.

Terry Gilbert, Post 178 Vice Commander-Programs and U.S. Air Force veteran was emcee. Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander and U.S. Air Force veteran, welcomed attendees to the ceremony. Mayor Pro Tem John Keating, a U.S. Army veteran, shared insights about service and dedication to our country.

Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, was the ceremony’s special guest speaker. He is the Senior Military Science Instructor at the Frisco ISD JROTC Navy National Defense Cadet Program. He shared comments about the history of Veterans Day and offered confidence that the country’s youth is being well prepared to continue the strong defense of our country and democracy.

The Post 178 Color Guard, led by Captain Bill Drake, and cadets from the Cadet Program presented the Colors. Leslie Rainey sang the national anthem and “God Bless America.”  Chaplain Pam Break, Auxiliary Unit 178, provided the invocation and benediction.

A special thanks goes to the City of Frisco, its Parks and Recreation and Communications Departments.

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

A Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice will be held on November 10, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Frisco Veterans Memorial in Frisco Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX 75033.

The American Legion Post 178 is coordinating the ceremony.

The ceremony will include a special welcome from Mayor Jeff Cheney. The keynote speaker will be Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, Senior Naval Science Instructor at Lebanon Trail High School with the Navy JROTC Cadet Corps.

The public and all veterans are invited to attend. Seating will be available.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, Senior Military Science Instructor for the Navy National Defense Cadet Program at Lebanon Trail High School

A Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice will be held on November 10, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Frisco Veterans Memorial in Frisco Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX 75033.

The American Legion Post 178 is coordinating the ceremony.

The ceremony will include a special welcome from Mayor Jeff Cheney. The keynote speaker will be Major Gary Billings, USMC, Retired, Senior Naval Science Instructor at Lebanon Trail High School with the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps FISD program.

Major Billings enlisted in 1998 in Seattle, Washington. He attended Officer Candidate School after graduating from Penn State University in 2005. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and to the Middle East in 2008 with the US Navy. He was in Haiti in response to the 2010 earthquakes, and in 2014 in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He also holds an MA from Marshall University. He retired in 2020 after 22 years of service.

The public and all veterans are invited to attend. Seating will be available.

Frisco Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Frisco Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

The breakfast is:
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
7:00-9:00am
Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco
(Frisco Conference Center)

NOTE: The code is only good until Friday morning!

The Frisco Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is extending complimentary seats to City Leaders, PD/Fire, Workers, and Veterans. Seats must be claimed by Friday, Oct 6th and availability is First Come First Served!

To claim your seat:
-Click link – www.friscoprayerbreakfast.com and hit “Get Tickets”
-Once in Eventbrite, click the orange ‘Reserve a spot’ button
-Enter frisco23 in the PromoCode field and hit ‘Apply’.
-Guest will be able to check out without paying.
-Please note, the code is only applicable to the individual registration option

Post 178 Participates in the Frisco Veterans Resource Expo

Post 178 Participates in the Frisco Veterans Resource Expo

(L -R) Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, Ted Ruybal, Navy National Defense Cadet Corps Committee Chair, Larry Wilhelm, Texas Boys State Committee Chair, and Bill Drake, Color Guard Captain. Not pictured are Terry Gilbert, Vice Commander – Programs and Joanne Schumm, Vice Commander – Activities.

The American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 participated in the Frisco Veterans Resource Expo that was presented by Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee. The Expo was held at Collin College on September 21, 2023, for veterans, military spouses, guard members, and reservists to engage employers for outstanding career opportunities.

The Expo brought together a wide array of support and resources for veterans. More than 30 companies and organizations participated in the event. Companies included Amazon, AT&T, Frontier Communications, JP Morgan Chase& Company, and Toyota Financial Services Corporation. Others included Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, and Collin College.

The Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee consists of citizens actively developing and supporting community policy and programs that have established Frisco as a nation-leading veteran-ready community.