DELPHOS — Residents of northwest Ohio will have the opportunity to view a convoy of vintage military equipment this weekend as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association makes its 44th annual cross-country trek through the Lima area.
More than 50 military vehicles are taking part in the convoy, which departed from York, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 10 and expects to arrive in San Francisco on Sept. 14. The convoy’s route will follow the Lincoln Highway to the greatest extent possible, according to organizers.
According to the group’s online schedule, members of the convoy will leave Upper Sandusky on Saturday morning en route to Delphos, where they will spend the night. The convoy will depart from Delphos at 7 a.m. Sunday, stopping for breakfast in Van Wert before entering Indiana at approximately 10 a.m.
According to the Delphos Police Department, the convoy will arrive in Delphos at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday and will gather at Arby’s before heading into Delphos on Fifth Street for a parade.
The convoy will parade down Fifth Street to State Street, head north on state Route 66 to North Street and east to Stadium Park. The VFW Post will host the group for dinner and convoy participants will camp overnight in Stadium Park, police said.
According to the MVPA’s Facebook page, the group is the the largest military vehicle preservation organization in the world.
The convoy includes historic military vehicles of all eras, from World War I to current-issue vehicles. The roster includes cargo trucks to Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles, staff cars and jeeps to later model M913 5-ton cargo trucks.
This year’s convoy comes on the 100th anniversary of the initial cross-country sojourn of military vehicles. In 1919 the U.S. Army decided to plan and execute a motor convoy of vehicles across the country on the newly formed Lincoln Highway. The route began at the White House on July 7, 1919, and ended at Lincoln Park in San Francisco on Sept. 6.
More information on the convoy can be found at mvpa.org. The convoy can be tracked via social media on Twitter at @MilitaryVehicle and Facebook at facebook.com/MilitaryVehiclePreservationAssociation.