City of Frisco Honors Its Purple Heart Veterans

City of Frisco Honors Its Purple Heart Veterans

Photo Caption: Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney proclaimed August 8, 2023, as “Purple Heart Day.”

The Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee recently held the annual Mayor’s Purple Heart Social to recognize and honor Frisco veterans who were Purple Heart recipients. Many organizations attended the celebration including Peter J Courcy Post 178.

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney and city council members Tammy Meinershagen and Laura Rummel attended the event. Mayor Cheney read a proclamation signifying August 8, 2023, as “Purple Heart Day.” Fifteen veterans received a certificate from Mayor Chaney commemorating their service.

The City of Frisco is a “Purple Heart City” that supports all six thousand veterans that reside there. Post 178 became a “Purple Heart Post” in May 2021. Post 178 estimates that more than 20 of its 450 members have been awarded the medal.

The Post 178 namesake, Peter J. Courcy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009, was awarded the medal posthumously.  The post has several members who are multiple recipients of the medal.

Frisco Freedom Fest

Frisco Freedom Fest

Members of 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 by John Brady.

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 2023 Frisco Freedom Fest. The Independence Day celebration in the City Hall Plaza had live entertainment, local vendors, a Classic Car Show and The Taste of Frisco, featuring 20 local restaurants.

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.

North Texas Veterans Information Event Announcement

North Texas Veterans Information Event Announcement

The North Texas Veterans Experience Action Center along with VA, state, and community partners will host a virtual event on Tuesday, July 18th – 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT for North Texas Veterans, caregivers, Service members, survivors, and family members to help you get the services and benefits you’ve earned!

Are you looking to get a status on your claim or sign up for VA health care? Whatever it is, VA and partners are here to help.

Simply schedule an appointment to speak directly with VA and get dedicated one-on-one service. At the time of your appointment, a Veterans Service Officer will call you—via telephone—to kick off your appointment. We look forward to connecting with you!

Veterans who don’t have access to a telephone to receive their VEAC appointment call can visit VA sites where phones will be provided. Visit the registration page for more information.

Registration runs through Sunday, July 16th. Appointment availability is limited and please note this event will serve residents of North Texas counties only—all out-of-area registrations will be canceled. For a list of participating counties, and to register for the event, visit the North Texas VEAC registration link.

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 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