The American Legion of Montana
Post 2 Helena 2017 Oratory Contestants and Volunteers
The 2017 District 6 Oratory Contest was held in Butte/ Pictured are the Contestants and volunteers for the event
On March 3, 2017 a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Anaconda Deer Lodge County Court House, CMSgt. USAF, Retired, Joseph Kitchel from Anaconda a twenty six year Veteran had his biography read and his uniform displayed. His uniform is the 17th to be so honored and will be on display for the next three months. Anaconda American Legion Post 21 Color Guard provided the colors. Pictured are Joseph and his wife Susan. Photo by Barry DeChaine
On June 2, 2012 at the Anaconda Court House, U. S. Army Retiree and Legionnaire John Pellegrini had his uniform properly displayed at the Uniform Display Case. In front of an appreciative audience of friends and fellow Veterans with his son Jim and daughter in law Debbie by his side, his bio was read and his uniform unveiled. He served his country for 43 years! John's uniform will be displayed for three months. Photo by James Rosien of the Anaconda Leader.
Caption Photo 1: Amanda Klein and Heath Caldwell, 5th grade students at Clancy Elementary School, following presentation of The American Legion School Award for a boy and girl in the 5th grade last Tuesday. It was the first time in the award's 93 year history Clancy Elementary students were recognized for this award.
Caption Photo 2: Eighth grade graduates, Elizabeth Everts and Noah Anspach, following their graduation, where they received The American Legion School Award - received by Clancy 8th grade students for the first time in the award's 93 year history.
At the end of the school year youth are often awarded for their athletic and scholastic achievements; however, The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization, believes they should also be affirmed and recognized when they demonstrate strong qualities of character and good citizenship. That's why, since 1921, the Legion has publicly recognized worthy students with its School Award Medal Program for demonstrating outstanding qualities of good citizenship.
The award is given to a boy and a girl in the 5th grade class of elementary school and a boy and a girl in the 8th grade class of junior high school.
To receive a medal, the students must exemplify six qualities that define character: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.
Candidates for the award are voted upon by members of the candidates’ class through a secret ballot. Each recipient receives a certificate and a medal with the six qualities listed on the face of the medal, as the back bears the Marine Corps motto, "Semper Fidelis" ("always faithful").
The program's success for the past 93 years has been prominent. The history and prestige of this award also allows recipients to list this award on their college applications – giving them more points toward acceptance at the post-secondary school of their choice.
After extensive research, the commander of Lewis and Clark Post No. 2 could find no evidence this award had ever been presented to Clancy students and approached the school board to explain the program and invite Clancy School participation
The 2014 Clancy School recipients of The American Legion Citizenship Award for 5th grade were Amanda Klein and Heath Caldwell, who were presented with their awards following a class play for elementary students last week.
Eighth grade recipients. Elizabeth Everts and Noah Anspach, received their awards at their 8th grade graduation last Friday. Their parents pinned on the medals during the presentation.