Terry Gilbert, Vice Commander, and Oratorical Program Chairman presented Emma red roses and a Post 178 coin after her presentation.
Miss Emma Ko, a senior, home school, graciously shared her 2022 oratorical contest experiences with members at their April membership meeting. Miss Ko participated in the contest for the past two years. In 2021, she participated in the district contest, but in 2022 she progressed to the department finals where she finished as first runner up.
At each contest, Miss Ko delivered two orations; a prepared oration and a randomly assigned constitutional topic oration. She impressed the judges with her prepared topic, “The Humble Article” and multiple assigned topic orations.
During her presentation, Miss Ko commented that the positivity shared by post members at each contest level was immensely helpful to her performance. She also commented that the frequent communication with Terry Gilbert, the 2022 Oratorical Committee Chairman, was also extremely helpful. Finally, she felt that her experiences would have a significant, positive impact on her future goals.
For her performances in the four contests, she received college scholarships totaling $5,000. For her outstanding oratory performances, she was recognized by the Frisco City Council and Mayor Jeff Chaney who presented her a Certificate of Achievement.
Post 178 is enormously proud of Emma and wish her every success in her college endeavors.
American Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 8273 Honor Guard
A Celebration of Life service was recently held for Colonel Bernard L. Talley, Jr. (USAF, Retired) who was a Post 178 life member. He was a Prisoner of War for 6 1/2 years during the Vietnam War. His military awards included two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star medals, six Air Medals, two Purple Hearts, and the POW medal.
Post 178 members actively participated in honoring Colonel Talley. On the day preceding his service, members placed more than 50 United States flags at the service location, Additionally, the Joint American Legion and VFW color guard presented the Nation’s colors.
Final interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date,
Post 178 was honored to participate in the Celebration of Life for Colonel Talley.
Photo Caption: Cover of February 2022 The American Legion Magazine
An article about the Frisco ISD Nelson Middle School and American Legion Post 178 was published in the February 2022 edition of The American Legion Magazine. The magazine is published monthly and distributed worldwide by The American Legion for its 1.8 million members.
The article describes a 50-foot banner comprised of more than 1,325 poppies given to Post 178 by the school’s Junior Honor Society. Post 178 later gifted the banner to the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home, along with funds collected during its annual donation drive.
This marked the first time since its charter in 2014 that Post 178 was recognized in the magazine.