(L-R) Laura Mealey, Community Outreach Liaison, Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD, and Denette Davis, President, Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, present the Partners in Education certificate to Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander.
At the November 13, 2023, Frisco ISD Board of Trustees meeting, President Dynette Davis and Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD, presented a recognition certificate to American Legion Post 178 for their support, dedication, and service to the students and staff of the Frisco Independent School District.
Ed Reed, Post 178 Commander, accepted the certificate on behalf of its Post Executive Committee and its more than 350 members. As part of its Partners in Education program, Frisco ISD recognized that the American Legion youth programs, such as Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Scholarship Contest, Scouting, and Voter Registration, complement youth education by developing lifelong skills.
Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Jake N. Tramel accepts the American Legion Military Excellence Medal.
Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Kai J. Schlabach accepts the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal.
The Lebanon Trail High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) held their 2nd Annual Awards Banquet on May 2, 2022. Major Gary Billings, USMC (Retired), Senior Naval Science Instructor, invited members of Post 178 to attend to present American Legion excellence medals.
Commander John Stammreich and Adjutant Jose Torres, Sr. presented medals and certificates to two distinguished cadets. Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Jake N. Tramel, Lebanon Trail High School, was awarded the American Legion Military Excellence Medal. Jake will attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy and plans to become a US Naval Aviator. Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Kai J. Schlabach, Reedy High School, was awarded the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal. Kai will attend the University of Arkansas on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and plans to join its cyber warfare program.
The mission of the Cadet Corps is to motivate young people to become better citizens and effective leaders. The teaching goals of both the Cadet Corps and the Post 178 Americanism programs have identical focuses: leadership, teamwork, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment, and service to the nation. American values and patriotism are also highlighted in both programs.
Classique Jewelers, an active post supporter, donated medal engraving.
Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect of our veterans.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” to account for all veterans in all wars.
Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year — November 11 — regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.
We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Please plan to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:30pm, as the Frisco Mayor & City Council recognizes this year’s Frisco Distinguished Veteran, Dick Peasley.
City Council Chamber
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
Vietnam veterans in attendance received standing ovations at the April 5, 2022, Frisco City Council Meeting as Mayor Jeff Cheney cited a proclamation that proclaimed March 29,2022 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The proclamation honored the service and sacrifices of US Armed Forces personnel who were on active duty regardless of location from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.
More than 9 million Americans served during that time, as well as, 2.7 million in Vietnam. More than 58,000 names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital. 304,000 were wounded. 1,253 are Missing In Action (MIA), and 2,500 were Prisoners of War (POW).
Mayor Cheney declared that those who served their country deserve the heartfelt acknowledgment and profound gratitude of their countrymen. He urged all citizens to thank and honor each Vietnam veterans and their families who served their country faithfully and courageously and to show a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful nation.
More than half of the 600 members of American Legion Post 178 are Vietnam Era veterans.
(L – R) Emma Ko, Pranav Kalkunte, and Jedaiah Ward at the 4th District Oratorical Contest in Royce City, TX. Photo by Ed Reed.
Emma Ko, a senior, home school, was selected the winner of the American Legion 4th District Oratorical Contest in Royse City, TX on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Previously, she was selected a winner in the American Legion Post 178 contest in Frisco on December 11, 2021. For winning the two contests, she received $250 and $500 college scholarships, respectively.
Other Post 178 contest winners also placed in the district contest. Pranav Kalkunte, a junior, Independence High School, finished in second place and Jedaiah Ward, sophomore, home school, finished in third place,
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 oration, “The Humble Article”, and assigned topic oration, Amendment XXV, Section 4, concerning presidential disability and succession.
Ms. Ko will now advance to the American Legion 1st Division Oratorical Contest on Saturday, February 5, 2022, which will be held in the old County Courthouse in Denton, Texas.