Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Thanksgiving is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize and enjoy each other’s company.
Thanksgiving tradition began in early XVII century, but the date and popularity varied between states. First nation-wide Thanksgiving was proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington. The contemporary date of fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by federal legislation.
This holiday season, the Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood, platelets, or plasma to help maintain a sufficient supply for those battling COVID-19, cancers, other infections, or trauma victims. Those who donate between Nov. 25-28, 2020, will receive an exclusive long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt. Please schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767).
Veterans Day is a time for all to pay respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for 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. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice.
The Marine Corps Birthday is on November 10 and celebrates the establishment of the US Marine Corp in 1775. The Marine Corps Birthday is not a public holiday. The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the Marine Corps. Usually, it is marked with a Marine Corps Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment. The first ball was held in 1925.
The US Marine Corps started as the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. On that date, the Second Continental Congress decided that they needed 2 battalions of Marines to serve as landing forces with the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). After the war, the Continental Navy was dismantled, and consequently the Marines as well. However, after increasing conflict with revolutionary France, the Marine Corps was formally re-established.
The United States Marine Corps is the US Armed Forces’ combined-arms task force on land, at sea, and in the air. It has more than 180,000 active duty personnel as well as almost 40,000 personnel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
The Hazelwood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of high learning in Texas. Benefits do not include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
To qualify, at the time of entry into active duty of the U.S. Armed Forces, you must have designated Texas as your Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas, or was a Texas resident.
The annual National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions veterans have made to American small business. The SBA declares November 2nd through November 6 as National Veterans Small Business Week, a time to focus on veterans, the issues they face, and options for sustaining a small business.
This year’s National Veterans Small Business Week theme is Mission #VetBiz Success. During the week, the SBA will highlight and connect veterans nationwide to the resources available to help them accomplish small business success.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department play an important role in the funding, awareness, and treatment provided for wounded warriors whether currently serving or those who have retired/separated from military service.
Warrior Care Month is observed during the month of November.
In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates announced the creation of programs to address the needs of wounded warriors. Those efforts have resulted in each branch of service offering its own version of help for those sick or injured in the line of duty. The 2008 efforts also resulted in an entire month devoted to raising the awareness of these people, their sacrifices, and their families.
Veterans & Military Families Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November National Veterans & Military Families Month, and with hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by active duty, Guard, and Reserve military families has never been more important.
High school students from Frisco and Little Elm have registered to compete in the 2020 American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest which will be held in early December. “We have had an overwhelming response to our invitations to participate in this year’s post constitutional speech contest” said Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander. Contestant registration activities over the last two months were coordinated through high school counselor and teacher staffs.
The contest is open to qualified ninth (9th) through twelfth (12th) grade students of public, parochial, military, private, and state accredited home schools. The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution with emphasis to the attending duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The prepared oration must be an original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length. An additional element of the contest will require each contestant to deliver an oration lasting 3-5 minutes. The topic will be on some phase of the U.S. Constitution selected from Articles and Sections.
Eighteen schools, representing public, private, and home schools, were solicited. Nine schools registered fourteen contestants. Registrations included both male and female contestants and represented all grade classifications.
Post 178 winners can advance to district, division, state, and national levels of competition. At each level college scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship awards totaling $5,000 will be awarded at the state contest in San Antonio in February 2021. At the national final, college scholarships totaling $203,500 will be awarded in Indianapolis, IN in April 2021. The national winner will receive $25,000, second place $22,500, and third place $20,000.
Wreaths Across America activities at the DFW National Cemetery, located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75236, have been finalized.
Please consider donating wreaths. One wreath can be purchased for $15.00. When two wreaths are purchased for $30.00, the DFW National Cemetery will receive a third one free. Purchase online at Chris and Mary Bush’s fundraising website at: HonorDFW.com.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, trucks with the cases of wreaths will arrive early morning. Distribution of the cases of wreaths will begin at 8:30 A.M. and end at noon. Please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org December 1 if you will be able to assist with the distribution of the cases of wreaths. We will meet at the Walmart (FM 423 & Stonebrook Blvd. in Frisco) on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:15 A.M. to depart at 7:30A.M. to the DFW National Cemetery. Fred Rogers will be coordinating the carpooling to DFW National Cemetery.
Family members and close friends of the deceased can place wreaths on the gravesites at the following times:
Wednesday, December 16th from noon to closing.
Thursday, December 17th all day.
Saturday, December 19th all day.
Sunday, December 20 all day.
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, wreaths will be removed from the gravesites, placed in trucks and trailers, and returned to a large dumpster for future disposal.
The Motto of Wreaths Across America (WAA) is REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH. 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.
Thank you for your service to the Peter J Courcy Post 178 and the DFW National Cemetery.