Johnstown Independent

Busy Veterans Day planned in Johnstown and Alexandria


Veterans Day weekend will be a busy one for the Johnstown American Legion and the village, according to Johnstown American Legion Post 254 Commander Bruce Tolle.

The Faith Fellowship Church will host a major event at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Northridge High School auditorium, where Post 254 will present colors.

"There's going to be a World War II veteran there who never got his victory medal for World War II," Tolle said. The medal will be presented to veteran Dan Cline Sr. during the ceremony.

"It's 60 years late, but he's getting his medal," Tolle said.

On Nov. 8, Post 254 members will visit Johnstown-Monroe High School as the JHS students sponsor their own Veterans Day program.

"They'll have us doing different things," Tolle said, adding that a brunch for the veterans would be served in the high school library following the presentation.

High school principal Kim Jakeway said the 9:30 a.m. program would be student-driven and would feature the high school choir and band. He said the students also are preparing the brunch, which is open to the public.

At 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, American Legion members will appear for a Veterans Day rally at Adams Middle School, followed by a rally at Northridge's Alexandria Elementary School at about 9 a.m. After the rally, the veterans will divide into groups and visit several Alexandria classrooms to answer students questions about veterans, such as what they did in the military and what they do now, as well as veterans' role in history.

Tolle also said the Sons of the American Legion -- children of veterans who are not vets themselves -- would sponsor a spaghetti dinner at the Johnstown Community Sportsman's Club at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The event raises money for the American Legion, but veterans are admitted for free.

Tolle said Post 254's largest fundraiser, the semiannual Pancake Day, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at Johnstown-Monroe's Searfoss Elementary School.

"That's one of our bigger money-making projects," Tolle said. "That's one for us, to help us."

Tolle said the spring and fall pancake days fund the vast majority of Post 254's community projects and events. Pancake Day includes a bake sale, a 50/50 drawing and an auction at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds support community programs.

Tolle said it's well-worth all the work the post puts into Veterans Day to honor past and present vets.

"It's recognition of some of the things we've done and the reason we have the country we have," he said. "Everybody's free to leave our country, but they don't. They come in."

Tolle said all Americans should thank veterans for the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy.

"The rest of the world would like to take it away from us," he said.