Military Vehicle Preservation Association Transcontinental Motor Convoy 
90th Anniversary

Wooster, Ohio
Pictures By Terry Fitzpatrick

While on my way to NAPA last night for some car wax, I stumbled across this gathering of historical military vehicles and motorcycles at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. Approximately 50 or so from several wars over the past 90 years.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association Transcontinental Motor Convoy is marking the 90th anniversary of the original convoy that crossed the country in 1919. The original convoy was done as a way to thank Americans for their support of the troops during World War I, while at the same time demonstrating the need for better roads in the country. The 2009 convoy is also honoring Abraham Lincoln and the 200th anniversary year of his birth.

From June 13 - July 8, 2009 the convoy is traveling along US Route 30, approximately 3,200 miles from Washington DC to San Francisco, the original route the military took in 1919.

This morning, I found the following in a newspaper article about the convoy stopping over in Wooster, Ohio to be very uplifting:

"You'd think the spirit of America is dead when you hear so many negative comments,” Jewell Rowland

said, “but the people who have come to cheer the group on has proven that to be a false notion.”

"It brings tears to your eyes," she said. "They think America is still great."

After seeing the vehicles, the men and women in their fatigues, and the crowd of spectators from all ages checking out these fine pieces of machinery, I couldn't agree more with Jewell. It is not the politicians that make her great, it is we the people. God Bless America

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Thanks Terry!




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