Denton County Commissioners Recognize Wakeland Senior Thomas Davies

Denton County Commissioners Recognize Wakeland Senior Thomas Davies

Thomas Davies accepting the Court Proclamation. (L-R) Commissioners Ron Marchant and Ryan Williams, Judge Andy Eads, and Commissioners Bobbie J. Mitchell and Dianne Edmondson.

 

Thomas Davies, a Wakeland High School senior, was recognized at the Denton County Commissioners Court on September 21, 2021, for being an American Legion Boys Nation Senator. Davies was the guest of Commissioner Precinct 1 Ryan Williams.

Davies was selected by American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178. He, along with eighteen other delegates, attended the 2021 Texas Boys State. Davies was also selected as a senator from the more than six hundred Texas Boys State Statesmen to attend the 2021 American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, DC.  Davies was one of one hundred Boys Nation senators selected from more than 20,000 Boys State Statesmen from across our great 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. The week of government training also combined lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials, and historical spots in and around Washington.

Judge Andy Eads read the proclamation which was approved by Commissioners Ryan Williams, Ron Marchant, Bobbie J. Mitchell, and Dianne Edmondson. The proclamation recognized Davies for his outstanding achievements and extended best wishes for continued success, happiness, and a lifetime of honor and service.

U.S. AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY

U.S. AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY

The Air Force Birthday on September 18th commemorates the establishment of The United States Air Force. From the moment the Wright brothers found a way to soar with the birds, the military incorporated aeronautical pursuits into their missions. However, the Air Force did not become a separate branch of the Armed Forces until September 18, 1947.

The military established the Signal Corps as the first aeronautical force in the United States. During the Civil War, the first missions provided visional communications via flags and torchlight from aerial balloons. Even so, the Signal Corps did not become an official branch of the Army until 1863. Its creation made way for more aeronautical training and study.

Since then, military air service has gone through many names and commands. A few examples are Air Service of the US Army to the Air Corps and Army Air Force. Finally, in 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military.

As a result of pursuing advanced technology and superior airmen, the US Air Force emerged as the swiftest tactical force ready to deploy anywhere at a moment’s notice. On September 18, celebrate the airmen and women who are on watch every

POW / MIA Recognition Day

POW / MIA Recognition Day

You Are Not Forgotten – that’s the central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement which honors America’s prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families. Many of our service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did.

POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that is not associated with any particular war. In 1979, Congress and the president passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.

The point of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that American remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned

To comprehend the importance of this movement, all one needs to do is look at the sheer number of Americans who have been listed as POW/MIAs.

Prisoners of War:

  • 130,201 World War II service members were imprisoned; 14,072 them died
  • 7,140 Korean War service members were imprisoned; 2,701 of them died
  • 725 Vietnam War service members were imprisoned; 64 of them died
  • 37 service members were imprisoned during conflicts since 1991, including both Gulf wars; none are still in captivity

Missing in Action (83,114):

  • 73,515 from World War II
  • 7,841 from the Korean War
  • 1,626 from Vietnam
  • 126 from the Cold War
  • 6 from conflicts since 1991

About 75 percent of those missing Americans are somewhere in the Asia-Pacific. More than 41,000 have been presumed lost at sea. Efforts to find those men, identify them, and bring them home are constant.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. For the past 225 years, the Constitution has served as the supreme law of the land. The Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights and other amendments, define our government and guarantee our rights.

Each year, on September 17, Americans celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. In addition, September 17-23 is also recognized as Constitution Week. During this time, Americans are encouraged to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen.

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.

Post 178 Honors 2021 Boys State Statesmen

Post 178 Honors 2021 Boys State Statesmen

2021 Post 178 Boys State Statesmen and parents honored at the Post 178 August Membership Meeting. Photo by Jeanie Beal.

The 2021 Texas Boy State Statesmen were honored at the Post 178 August membership meeting. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, said, “We had a very strong group of nineteen young men from Frisco ISD and private high schools complete the program this year.  High school principals, counselors, and teachers played a key role in  nominating these young men from each of their respective schools.”

Seventeen high school juniors who attended the 2021 Texas Boys State virtual program from June 27 through July 2, 2021, were recognized. Each received a Certificate of Recognition from U. S. Congressman Taylor or Burgess. Thomas Davies, who was also selected a Boys Nation Senator and attended a week-long program in Washington, D.C., received certificates from both U. S. Senators Cruz and Cornyn.

The American Legion Boys State, an 85 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 became 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.