2021 Photos

Click on the links below to view pictures from different events The American Legion, Peter J Courcy Post 178 attended or held throughout the year.

December 18, 2021 – National Wreaths Across America Day

Despite cold and a persistent wind, thousands of volunteers lined up at DFW National Cemetery to place wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day

December 11, 2021 – Oratorical

December 2, 2021 – Bonham Veterans Home Donation

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.

November 13, 2021 – Frisco Community Parade

November 11, 2021 –  Frisco High School Veterans Day Program

November 11, 2021 –  Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco Veterans Day Ceremony

November 10, 2021 – Veterans Day Parade at Collin College

November 10, 2021 – Parsons House Veterans Day Ceremony

October 18, 2021 – Post Meeting at The Grove

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October 16, 2021 – Presenting the Colors for the nonprofit, Riding Unlimited

Color Guard Members (L – R)Back Row: John Ricca, Bill Drake, Larry Wilhelm
Front Row: Ted Ruybal, Terry Gilbert

August 17, 2021 – Frisco City Council Honors 2021 American Legion Post 178 Boys Statesmen

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.

August 16, 2021 – Texas Boys Statesmen at Post 178 Membership Meeting

July 19, 2021 – Community Honors Former American Legion Post 178 Commander

Fred Rogers, former commander of American Legion Post 178, was honored by the Frisco City Council, Frisco ISD, and representatives of local state and federal government officials during a recent post membership meeting. Commander Rogers has been an American Legion member for the past 14 years. In 2014, he was also a founding charter member of Post 178.

July 17, 2021 – Post Pancake Breakfast

Our first “after COVID lockdown” social event for members and their family was held at Frisco Commons Park on July 17th

July 4, 2021 – Frisco Freedom Fest

The Post 178 Color Guard had the honor of presenting the Nation’s Colors during opening ceremonies of the ‘Party in the Plaza’ festivities at the Frisco Freedom Fest on July 4 in the City Hall Plaza.  In addition to live entertainment, The Taste of Frisco featured more than 20 local restaurants.

Post 178 also manned a recruiting booth in the ‘Patriotic Vender Village’ which included more than 20 local entities.  Besides discussing membership opportunities, miniature American flags were freely given to village attendees.  Scouts from BSA Troop 178 also attended and provide assistance.

Festivities concluded with one of the largest fireworks shows in North Texas.

June 21, 2001 – Election of Post Executive Committee Officers 

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.

May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day Observance

The annual Memorial Day Observance was held at the Veterans Memorial in Frisco Commons Park. 

May 28, 2021 – Color Guard Presents the Colors at Parsons House Memorial Day

Color Guard Members: John Ricca, Theodore Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, Terry Gilbert.
Presenter: Rick Redden

May 27, 2021 – Color Guard Presents the Colors at Sunrise Senior Living

Color Guard Members: John Ricca, Theodore Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, Terry Gilbert.
Presenter: Rick Redden

May 22, 2021 – Lone Star Corvette Classic Event (Vets with Vettes)

On Saturday, May 22 the American Legion Post 178 Color Guard presented the Nation’s Colors at the 31st Annual Lone Star Corvette Classic at the Texas Motor Speedway. 

May 17, 2021 – Military Order of the Purple Heart

Gus Wittschack, Commander, Department of Texas, Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and Tracey Brown Greene, Commander CENTEX Chapter 1876 present Post 178 with their MOPH

May 15, 2021 – American Legion Post 178 Presents Nation’s Colors on Armed Forces Day at Frisco Roughriders Game

The American Legion Post 178 Color Guard presented the Nation’s colors at Dr. Pepper Park  preceding the Frisco Roughriders – Corpus Christi Hooks game on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021.

May 14, 2021 – Armed Forces Day Celebration at Prairie Estates Nursing Home

May 13, 2021 – Texas Gold Star Families Memorial Dedication

Detail Members: Fred Rogers, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, Terry Gilbert

May 1, 2021 – Color Guard Presents Colors at Texas Motor Speedway INDYCAR Race

April 9, 2021 – Color Guard Presents Colors at Allen Americans Hockey Game

Color Guard Members Fred Rogers, John Ricca, and Larry Wilhelm Presenting the Colors at Allen Americans Hockey Game

Mar 2021 – Burnie Sutter Honorary Life Membership

Post 178 Commander Fred Rodgers Presents Honorary Life Membership for Burnie Sutter to Sandi Richards

Feb – Mar, 2021 – Texas Boys State Interview and Selection

Post 178 Boys State Committee selected 20 young men to attend the virtual Texas Boys State from Sunday, June 27, 2021 through Friday, July 2, 2021.  So far, we have sent 121 young men to Texas Boys State and with another 20 young men in 2021; we will have sponsored a total of 141 Texas Boys State Delegates.

Mar 16, 2021 – Frisco City Council proclaims March 29 Vietnam War Veteran’s Day

American Legion Post 178 veterans received a standing ovation at the March 16, 2021 Frisco City Council Meeting as Mayor Jeff Chaney cited a proclamation declaring March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day in Frisco, Texas.

2021 – Oratorical Competition

Harbani Kohli, a junior at Reedy High School, was presented a Certificate of Recognition by City of Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney at the March 16, 2021 City Council Meeting for her outstanding performance for winning the American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Speech Contest and the 4th District contest earlier this year. For winning the two contests, she received $750 scholarships.

Jan 31, 2021 – Mayor Bob Warren 100th Birthday

Color Guard members L to R – Larry Marshall, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, Terry Gilbert

Jan16, 2021 – Wreath Removal at D/FW National Cemetery

Wreath Removal at D/FW National Cemetery On Saturday, January 16th