This Friday will be the 20th anniversary of the Johnstown Veteran’s Day parade.
One 95-year-old World War 2 vet says he’s serving as the Grand Marshall of the event, since he’s the one who got it started.
Harry Plows served in the European theater during the war.
He says on Veterans Day, 20-some years ago, he became concerned that the holiday wasn’t being observed.
As Powes remembers, “I put my uniform on and I drove to town and I stopped out at the Point Stadium and I got out and I decided I had a little flag with me and I took out the flag and I started marching up Main Street.”
He had hoped to be arrested for parading without a permit, to bring attention, to Veteran’s Day, but he wasn’t. However, within a couple of years the city of Johnstown did start holding a Veteran’s Day parade.
This year’s parade, organized by the Conemaugh Valley veterans, will begin Friday at 4 p.m. at Main and Union Streets and proceed up Main Street to Clinton Street, where it will disband.
The parade will feature floats, military vehicles, veterans organizations, marching bands, scout troops and specialty units.
A program in Central Park will begin 10 minutes after the parade concludes.