The American Legion, Peter J Courcy Post 178 website (friscolegion.org) was awarded first place in the 2022 The American Legion Media Alliance (TALMA) national media contest. This is the second year in a row that the Post 178 website has won this award.
TALMA is comprised of current members of all branches of the American Legion Family. Four website categories based on membership size were judged on site design, links, and appropriateness of information as it related to the American Legion Family. Since Post 178 currently has more than 600 members, it was judged in the 250–749-member category.
Other categories included membership sizes of up to 249 and over 750. The Public Relations Committee, which maintains the site, includes veterans Eric Bonar, Larry Wilhelm, Terry Meyering, and Ed Reed. Delbert Parsons, Post 178 Commander, said “I am so proud of our public relations committee. It’s a challenge to win this award once, but twice in a row speaks to a great team effort.”
The website stood out in its ability to convey information in an appealing modern format. It masterfully combined visual appeal with ease of use and easily highlighted current news and updates.
Texas Boy State delegate interviews were recently completed over three weeks by an eight-member veteran committee. The high school principals, counselors, and teachers nominated high school junior students from each of their respective schools.
In-person interviews were conducted over three weeks in March at the high schools. Fourteen outstanding high school juniors were selected to attend the 2022 Texas Boys State program from June 12 through June 17, 2022, at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
The American Legion Boys State, an 86 years-old program, is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instructions for high school students. It is a participatory program where each delegate becomes part of the process of his local, county, and state government. Using the highly effective experiential learning process, delegates are exposed to the rights and privileges, duties, and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county, and state governments operated by the delegates elected to various offices.
Since June 2014 and including the 2022 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 155 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State program supports mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.
Members of Post 178 Post Executive Committee congratulate Miss Ko for winning the 1st Division Contest. Photo by Ed Reed.
Emma Ko, a senior, home school, was selected the winner of the American Legion 1st Division Oratorical Contest in Denton on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Previously, she was selected a winner in the Post 178 contest in Frisco and the 4th District contest in Royce City. For winning the three contests, she received scholarships totaling $3,500.
Other 1st Division contest participants included orators from Post 655 in Haltom City and Post 71 in Denton. Each of the contestants delivered two orations, a prepared oration and a randomly assigned constitutional topic oration. Ms. Ko impressed the judges with her prepared topic, “The Humble Article,” and assigned topic, Amendment 3 concerning the quartering of soldiers in peacetime and war.
Ms. Ko will now advance to the American Legion Department Oratorical Contest on Monday, February 21, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. There, four division contest winners from across the entire state will compete for the opportunity to participate in the national contest in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March.
Despite cold and a persistent wind, thousands of volunteers lined up at DFW National Cemetery to place wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. Photo by Ed Reed.
American Legion Post 178, for the eighth consecutive year, participated in the 2021 National Wreaths Across America Day activities at the DFW National Cemetery. Veterans volunteered to assist with unloading of approximately 8,000 boxes of wreaths on December 17 and the placement of more than 48,000 wreaths on December 18. Although the temperature hovered around 50 degrees and a strong north wind persisted, a substantial number of volunteers attended the event. Post members will also assist with the removal of wreaths on January 15, 2022.
National Wreaths Across America Day is the culmination of a yearlong mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and Teach the next generation the value of freedom. This mission is in part conducted each December with the placement of sponsored veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of those who have served our country. By coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,100 participating locations around the country, Wreaths Across America strives to remember our fallen heroes. The day honors those who served. And it teaches our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. Remember. Honor. Teach.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is conducted by coordinating remembrance wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
The American Legion Post 178 will again actively participate in this year’s Wreaths Across America Ceremony and assist with the placement of 48,000 wreaths at the DFW National Cemetery on December 18. In addition to this event, post members will assist with wreath truck unloading on December 17 and wreath removal on January 15, 2022. Post 178 has participated in the national program since it was chartered in 2014.
In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our service members sacrifice their time and safety every day of the year to preserve our freedoms.
REMEMBER our veterans that served and are serving America, HONOR the fallen veterans, and TEACH our youth about the service and sacrifice of our veterans and families.
Post 178 veterans John Allen, Tim Schmidt, and Marty Martel presented donations and a $2000 check to Amanda Gilbreath, Veterans Land Board Onsite Representative.
Since its charter in 2014, Post 178 veterans have gathered and delivered Christmas cheer to the one hundred women and men veterans at the Clyde W. Cosper Veteran’s Home in Bonham, Texas. This year marked the eighth consecutive year that donations and gifts have been delivered.
This year donations were made by Oak Point and Brent Elementary schools in Little Elm, Texas. Jill Harrer, a Dyslexia Therapist at Brent Elementary, and daughter of members John and Vickie Allen, led donation collections. Donations included personal letters written to veterans by students at the North Texas Collegiate Academy. Nelson Middle School in Frisco also designed and donated a 50-foot banner with handmade poppies and veterans’ messages.
Frisco residents, Scott and Deborah Dillingham, baked 400 cookies for residents and staff members. More than 30 boxes of items were delivered which included 10 quilts and 16 fidget quilts for memory care patients that were made by the “Quilting Angels” group from Frisco Lakes. Donations amounting to more than $5,600 were delivered on December 2 by veterans John Allen, Tim Schmidt, and Marty Martel.
Post 178 and Auxiliary-Unit 178 always look forward to making Christmas a little brighter for these veterans.