Armed Forces Day Celebration at Prairie Estates Nursing Home

Color Guard members: (L-R) John Ricca, Thor Anderson, Fred Rogers, Larry Wilhelm, Terry Gilbert, and Ted Ruybal.

The American Legion Post 178 Color Guard presented the Nation’s colors and an Armed Forces Day program on Friday, May 15, 2021 for residents at the Frisco Prairie Estates Nursing facility. The participatory program included resident acknowledgement of family members who had served in the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

Armed Forces Day is a joint celebration of all six branches of the U.S. military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the newly created Space Force. The day honors all people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. This includes the men and women who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard, including the National Guard and Reserve components.

Today, and every day, we reaffirm our unwavering support for the millions of American patriots who fill the ranks of our Armed Forces. We are eternally grateful for every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and member of the Space Force, and we deeply appreciate the sacrifices their families and loved ones make on our behalf.

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedicated at Frisco Commons Park

 

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, Frisco Commons Park, Frisco, TX
Photographer-Vice Commander Ed Reed

 

The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony was held on May 13, 2021 at Frisco Commons Park, Frisco, TX.  The Post 178 Color Guard had the honor of presenting our Nation’s colors.

 

Post 178 Color Guard

Post 178 Color Guard (L-R) Commander Fred Rogers, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm,
Color Guard Captain, and Terry Gilbert. Photographer-Jeanie Beal

Gold Star Family members and relatives are those who have sacrificed a loved one for our freedom.  The monument honors the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military.  It is located to the west of the Veterans Memorial.

The Gold Star Family Memorial was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams to remember those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  The public was invited and encouraged to attend the groundbreaking and dedication celebrations.

The memorial monument is a two-sided tribute made of black granite. One side bears the words: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrificed a loved one for our Freedom. The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot, and Sacrifice.

The monument provides a place of permanence for Gold Star Families to gather and utilize the monument through outreach events.  It can also educate the public about Gold Star Families’ enduring sacrifices and the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178  To Distribute Poppies on National Poppy Day

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 To Distribute Poppies on National Poppy Day

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 members, (L-R) Tracy Gamble and Virginia Mendlik, greeted shoppers with poppies in 2020 at the Frisco Lowe’s Home Improvement.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 members, (L-R) Tracy Gamble and Virginia Mendlik, greeted shoppers with poppies in 2020 at the Frisco Lowe’s Home Improvement.

 

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Its growth was attributed to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by World War I.  The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battles following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

The poppy became the official flower of The American Legion on September 22, 1920 to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during World War I.  In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

The American Legion Auxiliary has used poppies for many years to raise awareness and support for our nation’s veterans. This year the American Legion Auxiliary will continue to bring attention to this symbolic flower by calling upon all Americans to honor the fallen and support the living on National Poppy Day, May 28,2021.

Since 2015 Auxiliary Unit 178 has distributed poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower donate to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their families with medical and financial needs.

On Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. members of Auxiliary Unit 178 will distribute poppies at Lowe’s Home Improvement at 3360 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034.

On National Poppy Day, wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.

 

Children of Fallen Patriots Day

Children of Fallen Patriots Day

Children of Fallen Patriots Day will be observed on May 13, 2021. In the past 25 years, more than 15,000 children have lost parents in military conflict. Children of Fallen Patriots Day was created to both honor these children and raise awareness of the sacrifices and struggles they must endure in the wake of their parent’s death. May 13 was selected as the date of observance due to being the day Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1864.

Although Children of Fallen Patriots Day is not a nationally recognized day of remembrance, since 2014, governors from across the nation have issued proclamations to officially designate May 13th as a day to honor these children.  Currently, 27 states and the District of Columbia now recognize and observe Children of Fallen Patriots Day in some form.

The Fallen Patriots Foundation was established to honor the memory of Sergeant William Delaney Gibbs. Sergeant Gibbs served in the 7th Infantry Division during Operation Just Cause in Panama. On December 20, 1989, Sergeant Gibbs was killed in action, widowing his young wife who was pregnant with their daughter at the time. Inspired both by Sergeant Gibb’s sacrifice and the plight of the family he left behind, the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation was established in 2002.

For more than 19 years, the foundation has provided college scholarships and educational counseling to children who have lost parents in military conflict, called Gold Star scholars. Scholarships are awarded to Gold Star scholars in all 50 states and in all branches of the military.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day in 2021 is on Sunday, the 9th of May. Do not forget to give your mother a gift, send a card, take her out for dinner or buy her some nice flowers to show her how special she is.

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday, but it is a day to celebrate motherhood and show appreciation for mothers, including (great-)grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, and other mother figures.  The special day goes way back: the modern holiday was first celebrated in 1908. Anna Marie Jarvis was the founder of this holiday in the United States.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.  The holiday quickly drew the attention of merchants hoping to cash in on Mother’s Day sales and before long, Jarvis began speaking out on the commercialization of the holiday, saying it was meant to honor the contribution of mothers and not fatten the wallets of businessmen.

In these times, it is good to connect with your family, especially your mother.

VE Day

VE Day

On May 7, 1945, the Allied forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union forced the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The following day, May 8, citizens around the world celebrated the news of “Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.” It celebrated the formal acceptance by the Allies of Germany’s surrender of its armed forces, marking the end of World War II in Europe. It was the first hurdle on the path to ending World War II.

V-E Day was by no means the end of the war. It would be another four months before Japan would surrender to the Allies in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, known as “Victory over Japan (V-J) Day.”

May 8 had been a long time coming. The tide had changed in favor of the Allies after the Soviets held back the German army at Stalingrad, in a bitter five-month campaign in 1942-43. With the Nazi war machine checked, there was light at the end of the tunnel. However, for two more years battles raged on land, sea, and in the air. Millions of people would lose their lives. Cities, towns, whole communities were lost overnight.

At the World War II Memorial, 24 bas-relief sculptures recount the progress of United States war effort. The last bas-relief depicts the overwhelming excitement of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians alike on V-J day, but it easily translates to the emotions felt and expressed on V-E Day.

V-E Day is celebrated every year. During anniversary observances, fewer and fewer of those who witnessed it are with us. Visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC ensures that while their presence may be soon lost, their legacy will remain.

Armed Forces Week

Armed Forces Week

Armed Forces Week is celebrated in the week leading up to Armed Forces Day, May 15, 2021. For American service members, Armed Forces Week is an occasion to remember past and present service for all branches of the service. Once upon a time there was a separate occasion for each branch of the military, later consolidated into a single remembrance. Armed Forces Week is not a uniquely American recognition of military service. Many countries celebrate an Armed Forces Day/Week including South Korea, Iran, China, and many others.

Armed Forces Day was observed for the first time on May 20, 1950, the day was created on August 31, 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches. Armed Forces Day/Week was created in the wake of the consolidation of military services under the United States Department of Defense.  Although Armed Forces Week/Day officially replaced separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Days, each branch of the service still honors its own day.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 7, 2021, is a presidentially approved holiday and  is celebrated annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. On this day we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses.

Their commitment and support help to keep our country safe. America’s military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration and reset. Military spouses are silent heroes who are essential to the strength of the nation, and they serve our country just like their loved ones.  If you know one, thank them on behalf on a grateful nation.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spousal commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. Congress officially made Military Spouse Appreciation Day part of National Military Appreciation Month in 1999.  Subsequently, the Department of Defense standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day every year as “Military Spouse Appreciation Day” to show appreciation for the sacrifices of military spouses.

American Legion Post 178 Presents Colors at Texas Motor Speedway INDYCAR Race

Post 178 Color Guard (L-R) Delbert Parsons, Larry Marshall, John Ricca, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm (Color Guard Captain), Terry Gilbert.

Post 178 Color Guard (L-R) Delbert Parsons, Larry Marshall, John Ricca, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm (Color Guard Captain), Terry Gilbert.

The American Legion Post 178 Color Guard presented the nation’s colors on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the GENSEYS 300 NTT INDY CAR SERIES at Texas Motor Speedway. The evening open wheel racing event was wheel-to-wheel racing at speeds over 200 mph.

The American Legion is sponsoring the No. 48 Honda in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES represented by a combination of Seven-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and former Indianapolis 500 Winner and Series Champion Tony Kanaan. “We’re excited about partnering with The American Legion because it represents a very important relationship with an organization dedicated to supporting veterans,” said Chip Ganassi, team owner of Chip Ganassi Racing.

The American Legion, the nation’s largest and most powerful organization of wartime veterans and their families, is using its presence in Indy car to elevate awareness and introduce a new modern brand expression.  The new logo will not replace the historic American Legion emblem, but rather complement it by honoring the history, heritage, and symbols which Legionnaires hold dear.

The American Legion hopes to bring attention to some of the most important issues facing today’s veterans, including veteran suicide, and honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms.