Johnstown's American Legion Post 254 has a busy schedule planned for Memorial Day weekend.

Johnstown's American Legion Post 254 has a busy schedule planned for Memorial Day weekend.

The Legion will begin its day with two engagements at area schools Friday, May 22.

The group of veterans will start their day at Northridge Intermediate, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road, at 7:30 a.m. With support from Northridge students, the two groups will combine for anthems, songs and a benediction before a rifle volley and Taps.

Next, the Legion members will visit Northridge Primary School at 124 College St. They'll have a similar service behind the school in Maple Grove Cemetery, 105 Maple Drive, with students involved in songs and poems again.

"Kids all march out from the school out to the cemetery," said Bruce Tolle, Post 254 spokesman and former commander.

"The music teacher there sets up a little program for the kids with some patriotic stuff."

The Legion is double-booked again on Memorial Day, with two cemetery visits.

First, it will participate in the annual Croton and Hartford Township Memorial Day services on the town square before walking to the Hartford Cemetery at about 10 a.m.

When the first engagement is finished, Post 254 members will go back to Johnstown to finish their day in Green Hill Cemetery at about 11:30 a.m.

In both services, Legion members will lay a commemorative wreath before the music and guest speakers program.

The services take the place of a parade, which Tolle said was once the tradition. But without younger participants in Post 254, the parade simply isn't feasible.

"So many of our guys are too old to do the marching," he said.

"If we get some younger guys, maybe we'll do it again. But as it is, there aren't too many of us who can get around well enough to do it."