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Community :: Lecture
Veteran's Day Presentation
10:00 AM
Touchmark on Saddle Drive
Join the Daughter's of the American Revolution as they present speaker Major Josh Clement as he presents the history of Veteran's Day at Touchmark on Saddle Drive.

From https://www.legion.org/magazine/240294/i-am-american-legion-josh-clement:
Training is Josh Clement’s thing – training soldiers, training Legionnaires.

As executive officer of the 208th Regional Training Institute at Fort William Henry Harrison in Helena, Mont., he oversees courses that develop future combat medics and logistical specialists. Out of uniform, he gets other Legion leaders fired up about the organization’s purpose and programs – a passion the Iraq veteran has had since Montana National Executive Committeeman Merv Gunderson mentored him.

“It took someone else to pull me under and say, ‘Hey, here’s what these pillars mean,’” he says. “Merv did that for me. He gave me enough of a foundation so I could become a self-starter and keep learning more.”

For Clement, the Legion’s constancy is its biggest selling point. Decade after decade, he adds, it’s stayed focused on all the right things: veterans support, children and youth, a strong national defense, and instilling patriotism in the next generation. The Legion is also the U.S. flag’s greatest champion.

“How many organizations have come and gone that changed their mission statements, that changed their purpose?” he says. “The American Legion doesn’t, and that’s what I love about it.”

While serving on active duty, he’s been commander of three Montana posts – “small, medium and large,” he quips – and founded the department’s new Legion College program. He’s also a facilitator for National Legion College in Indianapolis.

Married with four children, Clement challenges the idea that volunteering with the Legion is for retirees or those with an empty nest. “I want to do it now,” he says. “I don’t want to wait. I don’t want an organization to get what’s left of me.”

Branch of service Army (1995-present)
Age Group: Adults
Venue: Touchmark on Saddle Drive
Address: 915 Saddle Drive Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-449-4900

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