Volunteers Needed for Wreath Removal at DFW National Cemetery

Saturday, January 14, 2023, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Happy New Year to all Post 178 Legionnaires and Auxiliary Members!  I’m looking forward to serving with you all in 2023 and helping to grow our Post and Auxiliary into the finest in all of Texas.

A big thank you to our volunteers who braved the cold and either unloaded and set up boxes of wreaths or coordinated activities on Ceremony Day.  Their time and energy helped dress up our national cemetery and honor brothers and sisters who have gone on before us.  So, thank you to our Post Commander, John Stammreich; Vice Commander-Programs, Terry Gilbert; and Color/Honor Guard Captain, Bill Drake.

If you didn’t have the chance to participate in this beautiful and kindhearted annual event, you have another opportunity to help out this year, as we need volunteers to retrieve the wreaths for disposal.  Last year it took two and half hours to clear 39,000 wreaths.  This year there will be more, so plan for half a day of service.  Remember, the more volunteers we have, the faster it’ll go.  Wreath removal will begin at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14th.  If you have an old broomstick (without the broom) or something similar to bring along with you and use it to scoop up several wreaths at once; makes the job much easier.  Also, bring gloves as the wreaths can be prickly, water to stay hydrated, and ask a friend to come along and join in on the fun!

For those interested in carpooling down to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, please meet at the northeast corner of Walmart’s parking lot, located off FM 423 at Stonebriar Pkwy.  We will leave sharply at 7:00 a.m.  So that we know you are coming and don’t leave without you, please email Joanne Schumm at joanne.schumm@gmail.com or text her at 352-281-6774.

Merry Main Street Presented By Texas Health Hospital Frisco
Saturday, December 3, 2022
3:30 – 8:00 pm
Simpson Plaza


3:30 pm – The Santa & Friends Parade & Holiday Gift Market, Food Vendors Open.

4:00 – 8:00 pm – Frisco Elementary School Choirs perform on three stages and Kids Holiday Store open to shoppers.

6:00 pm – City Tree Lighting Ceremony.

8:00 pm – Children’s activities close, Holiday Gift Market closes, Kids Holiday Store Close

The Merry Main Street program for choir schedules, event map, and more.

American Legion Post 178 to hold the Annual Constitution Speech Competition

American Legion Post 178 to hold the Annual Constitution Speech Competition

Five high school students from the Frisco area have registered to compete for college scholarships at the American Legion post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest.  The competition will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 9 A.M. at the Grove at Frisco Commons, 8300 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX 75034.

Orators are required to write and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government.  Additionally, the contest requires the orator to deliver extemporaneous remarks regarding one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  The specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.

Up to 4 winners will be selected to proceed to the district contest in Royse City on January 7, 2022.  They will compete with winners from other posts in the 4th District.  The contest is open to the public and admission free.

Learn more about the American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 at friscolegion.org

2022 Wreaths Across America

2022 Wreaths Across America

On Friday, Dec 16, 2022, we will be carpooling from Frisco to Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery (2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211) to distribute wreaths the day before Wreaths Across America.  If you would like to help with this, we will meet at the Walmart Supercenter located at 423 and Stonebrook, 355 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034, at 7:00 and we will be leaving at 7:30 to put in a few hours and return that afternoon. Please bring work gloves and dress according to the weather conditions.  (Approximately 4 hours)

Then on Saturday Dec 17, 2022, Wreaths Across America will be at Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. (Approximately 3 hours)

If you would like to attend, we will be carpooling from Frisco to Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery (2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211).  We will meet at the Walmart Supercenter located at 423 and Stonebrook, 355 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034, departing at 7:30, on Saturday, Dec 17,2022. Please wear your American Legion cap.

Then in Jan 2023 we will return to Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery help remove the wreaths from the gravesites and placing them on trucks and trailers and returning them to large dumpsters for future disposal. Please bring work gloves and a broom stick (to pick up the wreaths) and dress according to the weather conditions. (Approximately 3 hours)

More details to follow for the Jan cleanup event.

Please let Joanne Schumm know the following information by emailing her at: Joanne.schumm@gmail.com

What days will you be attending?  Please provide her with the dates.
Can you drive for the carpool?

National Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America

I want to provide an update on the wreath count for the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Currently, 13,965 wreaths (27% coverage) have been donated to our giving cemetery. The deadline to order wreaths is 11/28/2022. You have 20 days to sponsor a veteran’s wreaths. We encourage you to go to your group’s page and make your donation. If you do not have a group that you support, feel free to use www.honordfw.com or text “Wreath1” to 20222. For every 2 wreaths texted or donated from this site, or texted extra wreath will be delivered to our cemetery.

Our ceremony will be on December 17, 2022 at 11:00AM. Everyone is welcome to participate in the laying of the wreaths. Please know that this event receives a few thousand volunteers and parking is limited. You should plan to arrive no later than 10:00AM. I highly suggest carpooling if you can. The wreath laying will begin at noon.

If you have donated a wreath but are unable to attend, please email the name, section, and site number of your veteran to Mary_Bush@friscotaxservices.com. The Civil Air Patrol will lay a wreath on the requested site.

The second annual fundraiser benefiting the “WW1 Mobile Museum” on Veterans Day Night, Nov 11th, from 6pm-9pm at the Collin College Frisco Conference Center. There is an opportunity for volunteers to assist with the event, which includes dinner. This is the sign-up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4dabad2fa1f58-wwimobile

The special guest speaker, US Marine Corp wounded combat veteran Jacob Schick!