American Legion Veteran’s Day “Respect the Flag” Parade

Starts: Saturday, November 11th 2017 at 11:00 am
Ends: Saturday, November 11th 2017 at 1:00 pm


Completed entry forms must be mailed by October 22, 2017
Check in begins at 9:30 am/Placement & judging at 10:30 am


On November 11th 2017, Johnstown will have it’s first parade on Veteran’s Day. But this parade will not be about the veterans, it will be about the flag. Yes in light of recent events several concerned citizens and the Johnstown American Legion Post 254 have decided to do something about the lack of understanding of what the flag represents. The “RESPECT THE FLAG” parade is open to all citizens and groups, church, civic, sports, bands, and will begin at the Johnstown High School and proceed to Bigelow Square. The parade will begin at 11:00 am, each citizen that would like to participate will be given a flag to carry. Contact Commander Preston Hale of the American Legion before October 28th to request your flag. (phone 614-452-1894). If you would like to drive a vehicle, wagon, tractor, car or truck there is an entry form on the American Legion Post 254 website: , go to “ moments and memories” for the information. At 12:00noon, there will be a ceremony at Bigelow Square, the Northridge Band will play the Star Spangled Banner, and there will be singers for additional songs. A brief story about the flag and its meaning will follow. This ceremony concludes with a 3 round volley and taps. Lunch will be provided at Post 254 located at 180 W. Maple Street in Johnstown, free and open to the public. At 1:00pm there will be a dedication of the addition at the post, the “Four Pillars of Service”. After that ceremony, the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be presenting William Cohen with his Purple Heart Medal. William Cohen as a young man in the Korean War was wounded and captured. While in a POW camp he died. His remains were lost until last year when he was returned home and buried in Freedonia. Post 254 offered the Color Guard as one of William’s grand-nephews John Reinard is a member of the Sons of Legion at Post 254. At 2:00pm there will be a Flag Retirement Ceremony in which the public is welcome to participate. The Boy Scout Troop 4020 will be present to play the echoing taps at the close of the ceremony. This day’s events will prove to be educational and memorable for both the young and the old. Come join in on the activities, Respect the Flag, and show your proud to be an American.