Post 178 Supports the Frisco Chamber Foundation’s Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K

Post 178 Supports the Frisco Chamber Foundation’s Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K

(L-R)  Commander Ed Reed, Color Guard Captain Bill Drake, and Executive Member Thor Anderson manned the Post 178 tent.

More than 2,500 runners participated in the Frisco Chamber Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K at Collin College on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Organized by the Frisco Chamber Foundation, the event has raised almost $300,000 and all funds have benefited non-profit 501c3 charitable organizations within the North Texas community.

Post 178 members Bill Drake, Thor Anderson, and Ed Reed volunteered to staff a tent at the Finishers’ Fest and distribute American Legion literature and wallet cards for the Be the One veteran suicide national campaign.

Welcome Home Celebration

Welcome Home Celebration

Honor Flight DFW is dedicated to honoring our veterans for the sacrifices they have made to keep our nation safe by providing them with an all-expense paid trip to visit the memorials in Washington D. C., those memorials which symbolize the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of these American heroes.

Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March

Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March

Two-Day Event | May 26 – May 27

March with your families and friends to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The Dallas Memorial March is our flagship event and is a two-day embodiment of our values and mission to celebrate our heroes, embrace the fallen, and educate communities on how to respectfully observe Memorial Day.

Event begins at Reverchon Park
(3505 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219)

Visit https://www.carrytheload.org/dallas-memorial-march/  to:
Register
Volunteer to help
Volunteer to walk
see the agenda
and View the Carry the Load – Katy Trail Route

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On March 29, 2023, we pause to honor and thank our service men and women who served and sacrificed for our nation during the Vietnam War.

On March 29, 1973, the very last American troop departed from Vietnam. On Memorial Day 2012, President Barack Obama launched a Vietnam War Commemoration to remember the Vietnam War 50th anniversary over a 13-year period.

Navy National Defense Cadet Corps Shares Annual Presentation at Post 178 Membership Meeting

Navy National Defense Cadet Corps Shares Annual Presentation at Post 178 Membership Meeting

(L-R) Major Gary Billings, USMC (Retired), Senior Naval Science Instructor, Cadet Lieutenant Abhigna Yella, Company Commander, Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer Lucas Antonelli, Command Master Chief, Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Karina Roberts, Operations Officer, and Cadet Ensign Dan Sahaya, Logistics Officer, provide a unit summary to Post 178 veterans. Photo by John Brady.

Major Gary Billings, USMC (Retired), Senior Naval Science Instructor, along with four cadets from the Lebanon Trail Navy National Defense Cadet Corps, were special guests at the Post 178 March Membership Meeting.  The four cadets represented the key officer and enlisted positions of the Cadet Corps and shared a presentation about the activities of their area of responsibility.

Major Billings and the cadets annually provide a “State of the Corps” presentation that includes details of the current program’s enrollment, goals, activities, and competitions.  Major Billings said, “The program strives to instill ideals of leadership, character, honor, and service…the same ideals supported by the American Legion youth programs.”  He also shared that awareness of the Cadet Corps has improved significantly since its inception in 2020.  For its third year, the number of cadets participating in the program increased from 72 to 107 cadets.

After their presentation, Post 178 Commander Ed Reed presented a $1,000 donation to Major Billings and the Anchor Club Booster Club to support the Corps’ current programs and planned activities.  Commander Reed said, “Post 178 is honored to have such a positive partnership with the Cadet Corps that provides leadership opportunities for Frisco ISD women and men young adults.”

Post 178 Commander Ed Reed presents a donation to Major Gary Billings, USMC (Retired), Senior Naval Science Instructor, along with Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer Lucas Antonelli and Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Karina Roberts.