The American Legion of Montana
Veterans honored for 70-year Legion memberships
By CHARLIE DENISON | Staff Writer
Three Lewistown men were honored Wednesday for accomplishing a remarkable feat.
Clint Sennett, Richard Langford and Frank Valach were celebrated on Veterans Day for their longstanding devotion to the American Legion.
All three World War II veterans have been members for more than 70 years each.
“It’s really rare to see this kind of achievement,” American Legion Post 16 Adjutant Tom Killham said. “I’ve been adjutant for 20 years and I’ve never seen someone make it to 70 years of membership. And to have three of them, well, that’s special.”
Killham said the commitment made by these men speaks highly of their characters and also speaks highly of the organization.
To show gratitude for their historical undertaking, Killham and American Legion Post 16 Commander Don Bost presented the men with certificates and lapel pens during a ceremony at the Skilled Nursing Center. Killham introduced the men to those in attendance and read a certificate of participation.
The reading highlighted the Legion’s gratitude for Sennett, Langford and Valach and thanked them for their devotion.
Bost did the same as he passed out the pens.
“We’re following you,” he said to Langford, a member for 71 years, “but we’ve got a long way to go.”
The Meagher County Post & Auxiliary Unit 25 held a fundraiser at the White Sulphur Springs Truck Stop on Saturday, August 23. Those who were able to help were Bill & Joanne Cummins, Ed Celander, Marga & Reidar Johnson, Gene & Marlene Richeson, Jim Turpin, Vera Sickich, Yvonne Kostelecky, Ralph Sutich, Wes & Barb Stidham, Ron & Karen Coleman, & Alvin Kujath. With the money we raised we will be able to send 2 boys to Boys State & 2 girls to Girls State this next year. We want to thank the Truck Stop and the community for helping us make this fundraiser such a success.
Belgrade Post 30 members receive their Viet Nam era presidential proclamation certificates honoring their service during the 50th anniversary of the Viet Nam war.