Post 178 Charter Member Selected Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran

Post 178 Charter Member Selected Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran

Vietnam veteran Lee C. Myrben received Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran award from Mayor Jeff Cheney.

Lee C. Myrben, charter and current member of American Legion Post 178, was honored as Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran by Mayor Jeff Cheney and City Council members on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Mr. Myrben honorably served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Technician from 1955 to 1977. During that time, he served six tours aboard U.S. Naval Aircraft carriers, with three of those tours being in direct support of U.S. Combat Forces during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he worked in the civilian sector for 27 years directing and supporting programs and projects for the U.S. Government, military contractors, and civilian corporations. He served as President of the San Diego Engineering Society and retired in 2003 as Director of National Security Solutions and Director of the Coast Guard Program.

For the last 17 years, he served the community as a leader, volunteer, and mentor. Some of Lee’s previous roles include serving as Vice Chairman of the Frisco Housing Authority Board; Post Commander of Frisco VFW Post 8273; Founding and current member of American Legion Post 178; Chairman for the Panther Creek Home-owners Association; Chairman of the Frisco Community Parade Committee; Chairman of the Memorial Day Committee; and founder of the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee, where he provided leadership on many projects during both Mayor Jeff Cheney’s and Mayor Maher Maso’s time in office. He has also been a long-time supporter of the Frisco Independent School District and the Frisco Education Foundation.

Mayor Cheney, on behalf of the City of Frisco and the City Council, honored his exemplary life of service, leadership, generosity, and commitment.

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned

 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 11, 2021, 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 special guests Mayor Jeff Cheney and the Honorable Forrest Beadle, Denton County Criminal Court 3. Judge Beadle, who is a US Army veteran and Commander of Denton American Legion Post 71, will be the keynote speaker. Judge Beadle leads the Denton County Veterans Treatment Court Program.

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

Frisco City Council Honors  2021 American Legion Post 178 Boys Statesmen

Frisco City Council Honors 2021 American Legion Post 178 Boys Statesmen

American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 2021 Texas Boys Statesmen Accepting Frisco City Council Proclamation. Photo by Jeanie Beal.

The 2021 Post 178 Texas Boy Statesmen were honored at the Frisco City Council meeting on August 17, 2021. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, presented the seventeen statesmen to Mayor Jeff Chaney and council members. Mayor Cheney proclaimed the day as “Frisco Boys Statesmen Day”. He further recognized the vital role high school principals, counselors, and teachers play in the nomination process of prospective delegates.

The group of seventeen incoming seniors who attended the 2021 Texas Boys State virtual program from June 27 through July 2, 2021, received a proclamation. Thomas Davies, who attended a week-long program in Washington, D.C., received an individual proclamation for being selected a Boys Nation Senator.

The American Legion Boys State program began 85 years ago and 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. The American Legion Boys Nation is a weeklong educational program held in Washington, D.C. on the structure and function of federal government.

Since June 2014, including the 2021 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 141 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State and Boys Nation programs support mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.

20th Year Remembrance of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

20th Year Remembrance of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Please save the date to join the City of Frisco and the Frisco Garden Club on September 11 at 6 p.m. for the 20-Year Remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The ceremony will be at Freedom Meadow in Warren Sports Complex, located at 7599 Eldorado Pkwy. The annual remembrance honors the memory of those who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

American Legion Post 178 Boys State  Statesman Attends Boys Nation in Washington D.C.

American Legion Post 178 Boys State Statesman Attends Boys Nation in Washington D.C.

Thomas Davies, a 2021 Boys Nation Senator, attended the event in Washington, D. C.

Thomas Davies, an incoming senior at Wakeland High School, was recently selected, along with eighteen other delegates from Frisco ISD high schools and private schools, by American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 to attend Texas Boys State. All actively participated virtually and completed the week-long educational program of local and state government instruction to graduate as Texas Boys Statesmen.

Thomas was also selected as a senator from more than six hundred Texas Boys State delegates to attend the 2021 American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. He was one of one hundred Boys Nation senators selected from more than 20,000 Boys State Statesmen from across the nation.

In Washington, Senators received an education on the structure and function of federal government,  introduced legislation, organized party platforms and conventions, and participated in the election of officers. Senators were exposed to the proper method of handling bills according to U.S. Senate rules. The week of government training combined lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials, and historical spots in and around Washington. During a visit to Capitol Hill, Boys Nation Senators also met with elected officials from their home states.

Elects Post Executive Committee Officers

Elects Post Executive Committee Officers

(L-R) Past 1st Division  Commander Gene Toohey congratulates the new 2021-22 Post 178 Commander Rick Redden.  Photo by Jeanie Beal

Post 178 implemented a new organizational structure and elected 12 Post Executive Committee officers at its general membership meeting on June 21, 2021. All newly elected officers will serve from July 2021 to June 2022. Former Commander Fred Rogers will fill the Immediate Past Commander position.

Mr. Gene Toohey, past 1st Division Commander, conducted the election. Elected were  Rick Redden- Commander, Ed Reed-Vice Commander-Public Relations, Thor Anderson-Vice Commander-Post Activities, Terry Gilbert-Vice Commander-Programs, Jose Torres-Adjutant, Terry Meyering-Finance Officer, Bill McGowan-Judge Advocate, Paul Huff-Service Officer, James Schaub-Chaplain, Gemar Johnston-Sergeant at Arms, Ted Ruybal-Member at Large, and Larry Wilhelm-Member at Large.

4th District Commander Jason Castleberry installed the new officers. Commander Castleberry commented, “The leadership of Post 178 will continue its fine tradition of serving veterans, youth, and the Frisco and surrounding communities as it has done since it was chartered in 2014.”