TAMA NEWS-HERALD (Special) - The Military Vehicle Preservation Association and Lincoln Highway Association invites you to witness history coming alive in a 90th anniversary celebration of the original 1919 U.S. Army's Transcontinental route by visiting the Convoy as it travels through your area.
Up to 150 Historic Military Vehicles are retracing the original Lincoln Highway route from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. The 3,300-mile convoy route will last for 26 days, from June 13, through July 8, and cross 11 states.
This event will commemorate Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, to celebrate his 200th birthday in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. In South Bend, Indiana, the route will join the Lincoln Highway Association's 2009 Annual Conference, as one of the highlights of the trip.
The historical significance of the route, the military vehicles and the Lincoln Highway Bridge will be featured along the way with overnight stops, checkpoints in towns along the way, and educational displays. The convoy will pass through Iowa towns along the Lincoln Highway, including Clinton, Lisbon, Marion, Belle Plaine, Tama, Le Grand, Marshalltown, Ames, Ogden, Council Bluffs and Omaha.
In 1919, the first motor transport convoy crossed the United States in order to test and study equipment on varying road conditions to prove the importance of good roads, recruit members transcontinentally for the army, and to express gratification for public support during WWI. Around 50 military vehicles will travel the lengths of the original motor transport route, while around 100 will join for portions. These historic vehicles will range from all eras, including WWI "FWD" cargo trucks, Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles, and later model M813 5-ton cargo trucks.
The MVPA has been in existence for 25 years, with 9,000 members globally. The MVPA's mission is "To provide an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport." The MVPA is a registered US 501(c)(10) organization.
What- Convoy of classic military vehicles travel through Tama County
When- Monday morning, June 22
.Where- following the route of the Lincoln Highway through Chelsea, Tama, Meskwaki Settlement and Montour. Tour departs Cedar Rapids and is scheduled to arrive in Marshalltown for lunch
www.mvpa.org or www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org