Area veterans will be recognized for their service to the country at upcoming community activities.
The 22nd annual Johnstown Veterans Day parade scheduled for Monday will recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The parade, organized by Conemaugh Valley Veterans, will begin at 4 p.m. at Main and Union streets and proceed up Main Street and Clinton Street, where it will disband.
The parade will feature floats, military vehicles, veterans organizations, marching bands, Scout troops and specialty units. Government officials, military leaders and parents of deceased military members will be on the reviewing stand in front of Central Park.
A program in the park will begin 10 minutes after the parade concludes. LTC Craig Minnick will deliver the main address. Conemaugh Detachment Maine Corps League will conduct the flag-raising ceremony. Dianne Delisa will sing the national anthem, the Rev. Nancy Threadgill will give the invocation and benediction, and Marty Kuhar will serve as master of ceremonies.
Other Veterans Day activities in the area include:
• The 20th annual Veterans Day Breakfast, sponsored by Greater Johnstown School District, Conemaugh Valley Veterans and Nutrition Inc., will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Greater Johnstown Middle School, 220 Messenger St., Hornerstown. Students will present a special program. The breakfast is free to all veterans.
Information: 814-533-5670 and press 0.
• Bishop McCort Catholic High School’s Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society will host a special thank you breakfast for veterans from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday in the Bach Student Union, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown. The breakfast is free for veterans and a guest by showing military identification.
• Richland Cemetery, located at 1257 Scalp Ave., Johnstown, will host a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mausoleum A.
The program will include remarks by state Rep. Bryan Barbin, a 21-gun salute by the Marine Corps Service Group and the invocation and benediction by Pastor Larry Dunn of Bethany United Methodist Church. Flags and pens will be given out to all participants.
• St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church will celebrate a Veterans Day Appreciation Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 114 Lindberg Ave., Johnstown.
There will be a designated place for military members and their families to sit, and those planning to attend are encouraged to wear their military uniforms. At the end of Mass, attendees will be given a small American flag to take home.
• Portage VFW Post 895 will host a service beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at Prospect Cemetery in Portage. At approximately 11 a.m., services will continue to the Benscreek Social Club in Portage Township.
• Cambria County War Memorial Veterans Committee will host a Bells of Peace Initiative in Remembrance of World War I beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown. There will be an unveiling of a painting and plaque memorializing the 203 residents of Cambria County who lost their lives during World War I.
• Flight 93 National Memorial will hold a Veterans Day program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Learning Center at the memorial’s Visitor Center Complex. Veteran and Park Ranger John Bernstiel will present a program that focuses on the history and meaning of Veterans Day and the stories of the passengers and crew members on Flight 93 who served.
Other programs include “U.S. Air Defense Response to the Sept. 11 Attacks” at 1 p.m.; “Memories to Memorials” at 2 p.m.; and “USS Somerset: Courage Through Adversity” at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
• Walter McCoy American Legion Post 614 and John White VFW Post 779 will conduct a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial at Patton Recreational Park.
Following the service, veterans will conduct a service in front of the VFW Post and then proceed to the American Legion Post, where a similar service will be held. Lunch will be served for all participating veterans.
• Gallitzin American Legion will hold a service at noon Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park at Locust and Main streets. Guest speaker will be U.S. Marine Corps veteran Tim Hughes, who serves as the Altoona fire inspector.
• Meyersdale Area School District will host a special program and luncheon for veterans on Monday. All three schools have planned programs, activities and performances.
At 10:30 a.m., the presentation of colors and musical performances will be held at the high school. A luncheon will follow at the middle school and is free for all veterans. At 1 p.m., a sing-along and poetry reading will be held at the elementary school.
Information: 814-634-1437, ext, 338, or 814-634-8311, ext. 323.
• St. Francis University will host a veterans event from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday in the Keirn Family World War II Museum, 160 St. Mary’s St., Loretto. Local veterans from World War II to the Iraq War will be stationed throughout the museum, sharing their experiences serving in the military.