Veterans Day is intended to thank all those who honorably served in the military – in war time or peace time.
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th, of the 11th month).
On May 13th, 1938 Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each year. A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Originally Armistice Day only honored veterans of World War.
On November 11th, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to recognize veterans of all wars.
This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all U.S. wars.
On 18 September 2018, Frisco’s Mayor Cheney presented a Proclamation to the 22 Boys State Delegates that attended Texas Boys State at the University of Texas in Austin. These young men, now seniors in high school, represented Post 178 and the City of Frisco.
Mayor Cheney stated “I, Jeff Cheney, Mayor of the City of Frisco, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2018 as: FRISCO BOYS STATESMEN DAY”.
Mayor Cheney praised the young men for their extraordinary efforts, accomplishments, leadership, and representing the City of Frisco. The Mayor had each of the Statesmen introduce themselves and tell which Frisco high school they were attending.
After introducing themselves and answering a few questions; the Boy Statesmen sang the Texas Boys State song to all attendees. We can be very proud of these young men for their accomplishments. They are the future leaders of our City, County, and State.
Now begins the time for the 2019 Boys State Program. We will be contacting each Frisco high school, Legacy Christian Academy, and our Home School contact for recommendations of juniors to be interviewed for Boys State. Post 178 Boys State committee includes Paul Jones, Ed Kelly, Marty Martel, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, and Larry Marshall.
Mike Strand has been the Boys State Chair since Post 178 was formed in 2014. Mike must be congratulated for the outstanding job he did. He has developed the Boys State program to one of the best; if not the best, in the State of Texas. Thank you, Mike, for the job well done and you will be missed. Good luck in Colorado.
Peter J. Courcy Post 178 was honored to present the colors at the 2018 NAMPOW (Vietnam era Prisoners of War) 45th Anniversary Freedom Reunion on August 18, 2018. This is an annual reunion and was held at the Omni Hotel at The Star Frisco, Texas.
Honor Guard members (L to R): Dave Fautheree, Terry Meyering, Larry Marshall, Ted Ruybal, Delbert Parsons
2018 NAMPOW 45th Anniversary of Freedom Reunion Highlights
The national organization of former Vietnam POWs (NAMPOWs.org) held their 45th Anniversary of Freedom reunion August 15-19, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. Over 440 family and friends attended the event, along with over 120 former POWs. The video provides a highlight of the activities over the 4-days of the reunion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBLBYJ96GfI
2018 NAMPOW FAREWELL BANQUET SPEAKER – DR ROGER E SHIELDS
This video includes the Farewell Banquet speaker, Dr. Roger Shields remarks on the last night of the national organization of former Vietnam POWs (NAMPOWs.org) 45th Anniversary of Freedom reunion August 15-19, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Roger E. Shields worked in President Nixon’s administration and was responsible for the planning and execution of Operation Homecoming that returned the POWs to freedom in 1973. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipA3kpQ-EjY&feature=youtu.be
The 2019 issue of the Harris Farmer’s Almanac salutes The American Legion with a one-page article recognizing the organization’s 100th anniversary. Now on sale nationally, the annual collection of weather forecasts, notable events, predictions, gardening hints and more also profiles in the same issue Moina Michael, the so-called “Poppy Lady” who fueled U.S. attention on the flower and its meaning as a symbol for the fallen of World War I.
In the article “A Salute to The American Legion,” writer Veda Boyd Jones notes several of the organization’s accomplishments over the last century, including American Legion Baseball, Boys State, establishment of the Veterans Bureau, predecessor to the VA, and the 1944 GI Bill, as well as the Legion’s support for the most recent update of it, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017.