Post 178 Adjutant Appointed Nominating Committee Chair

Post 178 Adjutant Appointed Nominating Committee Chair

At its March 4, 2024, Post Executive Committee meeting, Jose Torres, Sr., Post 178 Adjutant, was appointed as the 2024 Nominating Committee Chair.

The nominating committee will report member nominations at the May 20, 2024, membership meeting which precedes the annual election of officers at the June 17, 2024, membership meeting.

Members interested in running for any of the 2024 – 2025 thirteen officer positions, should contact Adjutant Torres at info@friscolegion.org or 914-645-3817.

Volunteer Opportunities for NASCAR Event at Texas Motor Speedway

Volunteer Opportunities for NASCAR Event at Texas Motor Speedway

As you know The American Legion in now in our 4th year working with IndyCar and we will have the opportunity to participate in some NASCAR events in some areas of the country.

These events will be “Be The One” outreach events to meet veterans and their families to introduce them to our organization, as well as membership recruiting events.

This year there are no IndyCar events planned for Texas, but we will have 1 NASCAR event at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft Worth on April 12 – 14, 2024.

We will need to get 7 – 9 volunteers to work each day at the event. Please contact the Dept Adjutant Bill West at billw@txlegion.org if you wish to volunteer, we have to arrange for credentials and parking passes for the events.

Attire – Legion Branded polo/shirt, nice pants/shorts, comfortable closed-toed shoes and a Legion branded baseball cap which will be provided by National.

Hours – Friday and Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sunday 7am – 1pm.

Food and drinks can be purchased at the track from various vendors, and we will have water available at our booth.

Bill West

State Adjutant

K9 Veterans Day honors our four-legged heroes

K9 Veterans Day honors our four-legged heroes

K9 Veterans Day, March 13, 2024, pays tribute to the dedicated military and service dogs that serve alongside their human counterparts, safeguarding and serving with unwavering loyalty. From the battlefields to search and rescue operations, to assisting law enforcement and being therapy companions, these dogs play an indispensable role. This day honors their sacrifices, dedication, and the invaluable services they provide. It’s a day to reflect on their valor, remember those that have passed, and recognize the tireless efforts of active-duty service dogs.

American Legion Post 178 BBQ Breakfast Social

The first of several get-togethers this year!

for Members, Veterans, Auxiliary Members, Spouses and Families
There will be no charge for breakfast.

March 23, 8:00 – 11:00 am.
Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q
9828 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034

Donations Accepted

Frisco City Council Plans National Vietnam Veterans Day Proclamation

Frisco City Council Plans National Vietnam Veterans Day Proclamation

At its upcoming Tuesday, March 19, 2024, meeting, the Frisco City Council will thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families by proclamation. The recognition will be held in Council Chambers at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco, Texas 75034. Please arrive by 6:30pm.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This special day joins six other military-centric annual observances, among them Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.

March 29 was a fitting choice for a day honoring Vietnam Veterans. It was chosen to be observed in perpetuity as March 29, 1973, was the day United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished, and the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam.  In addition, on and around this same day, Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.

Note that no distinction exists between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War. All were called to serve, and none could self-determine where they would serve.

The VA estimates that today there are more than 7 million U.S. Vietnam veterans living in America and abroad, along with 10 million families of those who served during this timeframe.

Vietnam veterans make up more than 50% of the more than 425 members of American Legion Post 178.

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War.

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Frisco, Texas on MAY 2–5, 2024 at Warren Sports Complex (7599 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034) and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

     The Wall That Heals travels in a 53-foot trailer, unfolding into a mobile Education Center when parked, recounting the Vietnam War’s story. The three-quarter scale replica, 375 feet long and 7.5 feet high, lets visitors experience The Wall’s towering presence, with the opportunity to make name rubbings of service members.

The mobile Education Center exhibit features several components: digital photo displays showcasing “Hometown Heroes” – service members listed on The Wall with their hometown from Frisco and its neighboring communities; digital photo displays honoring local Vietnam veterans through VVMF’s In Memory program; video displays providing insights into the history and significance of The Wall; educational exhibits depicting items typically left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam; and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. These exhibits collectively narrate the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the era surrounding the conflict. They aim to offer a historical and cultural framework to understand the American experiences in Vietnam.

The 2024 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA. Through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the trucking industry, and Blue Beacon, the exhibit is able to travel across the country.

Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been displayed in over 700 U.S. communities. The Wall That Heals is run by VVMF, the nonprofit behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It is the only traveling exhibit linked to The Wall, featuring its largest replica. Two VVMF staff members lead local volunteers, interact with visitors and students, and ensure the respectful atmosphere of The Wall. For more, visit: www.thewallthatheals.org.

Frisco VFW Post 8273 coordinated arrangements for The Wall That Heals to visit Frisco.

About VVMF

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington D.C. in 1982. It continues to honor and pay tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and families Their mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America, educating all generations about the Vietnam War’s impact and era through various programs, ceremonies, and educational materials. For more, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202- 393-0090.