National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday – government offices, schools, and businesses do not close. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured at Pearl Harbor.
We recognize December 13th as the birthday of the National Guard. On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Based upon an order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s General Court, the colony’s militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend the colony. Today, the descendants of these first regiments – the 181st Infantry, the 182nd Infantry, the 101st Field Artillery, and the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard – share the distinction of being the oldest units in the U.S. military. December 13, 1636, thus marks the beginning of the organized militia, and the birth of the National Guard’s oldest organized units is symbolic of the founding of all the state, territory, and District of Columbia militias that collectively make up today’s National Guard.
Please register using this link: http://external.friscochamber.com/events/Veteran-Council-Holiday-Social-530-PM-6005/details?fbclid=IwAR05MAdYycGpbeXAI9jWm2xuv6kxaYziOck7RuDwfVQ4IBNq_0HQBWK3mlA
Serving Those Who Served Us First!
Join us for our Holiday Social – a fun night of gathering and gaming fun presented by
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
StrikZ Entertainment Center, 8789 Lebanon Rd
Light Snacks will be provided by our Sponsor
Discounts on games, bowling, and menu items
The Core Tenents of the Council are:
- Advocate for the veterans in the community
- Refer to appropriate and necessary house and education services
- Educate the Frisco community and business on veterans in the workforce
- Support the veterans that live and work in the Frisco area
The mission of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation Veterans Council is to empower veterans and their families by providing resources and support.
Objectives & Goals
The Veterans Councils consists of businesses within the Frisco Chamber of Commerce working together to serve the veteran community in Frisco and the surrounding communities through the core tenants of the council.
We seek to identify information sharing opportunities that may improve:
- The local community’s understanding of what the veteran brings by virtue of his or her service.
- Opportunities within the community for veterans who live and work in Frisco or the surrounding areas.
- Interaction and communication between all of the Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) that provide unique services.
- Collaboration with other chambers of commerce, leveraging their successes in working with the community in support of veterans.
Other goals include the plans to:
- Build a referral network and database of all VSOs and Patriot business services that can benefit the veteran.
- Coordinate with VSOs and other organizations’ job fairs for veterans and their families.
- Refer educational offerings for veterans and their guests.
- Actively participate in the actions and activities with the Frisco Veterans Advisory Council, the Veterans Action Coalition, and other Local, State, and Federal agencies.
- Leverage social media platforms to promote the Veterans Council, the area VSOs, and activities in support of the veterans in the Frisco area.
4th Friday Formation Meeting Times
General membership meeting – 4th Friday of every month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
Both Frisco Chamber of Commerce members and non-members are invited to attend at no cost.
Steering Committee Chairs
Chairperson: Jim Steinmark, Crimson Technology Partners
Vice Chairperson: Mark Wariner, KVGI Radio
Ways and Means: James Trombley, Edward Jones
Membership and Partners: JD Lawless, American Legion
Hiring Initiative: Thor Anderson, Anderson Agency
Events: Kathy Erickson, The Short Game Place
Social Media/Marketing: Josh Futrell, COMHOME Technology Solutions
For questions, please contact Frisco Chamber of Commerce Staff Liaison, Kathy Erickson at (972) 335-9522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Looking for jobs for Veterans near Frisco, TX? You can enter your MOS Code here.
REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.
We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreath Across America ceremony at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery (TXDFWN). Please do not forget to register on the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery (TXDFWN)! That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself. There are tens of thousands of veteran graves that we need to gain sponsors for so that no fallen hero goes without a wreath this holiday!
Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:
•Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
•Ceremonies around the world will be starting at the same moment, so please be on time.
•Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
•Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as “how” they should be placed.
•We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping with the clean-up.
The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.
The Frisco Chamber of Commerce has a bunch of free tickets to the Texas Legends game on Military Appreciation
Night and we want to get them into the hands of those that deserve them most.
So, I am reaching out to you and the Veteran’s Council to see if you could assist us in distributing them to veterans
and their families.
Contrary to popular belief, the observed federal holiday is actually called “Washington’s Birthday.” Neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington’s Birthday be changed to Presidents’ Day. Additionally, Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays. This is why there are some calendar discrepancies when it comes to this holiday.
So how did Washington’s Birthday come to be called Presidents’ Day? Many calendars list the third Monday of February as Presidents’ Day and many U.S. states list the holiday as Presidents’ Day. Of course, all of the 3-day retail store sales are called “Presidents’ Day” sales and this vernacular has also been influential in how we reference the holiday.
Washington’s birthday was celebrated on February 22 until well into the 20th Century. In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holiday Law to “provide uniform annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays.” By creating more 3-day weekends, Congress hoped to “bring substantial benefits to both the spiritual and economic life of the Nation.”
Today, George Washington’s Birthday is one of only eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. One of the great traditions followed for decades has been the reading of George Washington’s Farewell Address—which remains an annual event for the Senate to this day.
In a sense, Washington’s birthday helps us reflect on not just the first president but also the founding of our nation, the values, and what Washington calls in his Farewell Address, the “beloved Constitution and union, as received from the Founders.”
Representatives from numerous college and community resources will be available in one locale for the convenience and ease of veterans and military-connected students.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Plano Campus atrium Free admittance and parking
A few of the service providers that will be in attendance include:
• The Texas Veterans Commission
• The Veterans Center of North Texas
• Military Veteran Peer Network
• 22 KILL
• Collin College Career Services
• Dallas VET Center
To see a complete list of service providers, visit www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/veterans/newsandupdates.html .