Route 66 Convoy Stops In Carthage, Miami
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is sponsoring a special convoy with a special mission to complete in just 29 days.
Dan McCluskey is the leader of the pack.
A fleet of 40 military vehicles, dating from World War II to the present is what he’s leading down Historic Route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica.
We caught up with the convoy in Lawrence County near Phelps, en route to Carthage.
McCluskey says there’s an important reason for this mobile display.
McCluskey: “We bring them to the public, we don’t put them in a museum, we don’t put them up on static display, we drive them, exactly the way the military did.”
And by bringing the unique and historic trucks, jeeps, and other vehicles to the public, the public brings something unique and historic to the convoy.
McCluskey: “I’ve had many many men come up and say, ‘that’s the exact vehicle that I drove in Vietnam’ or ‘that I drove in Korea’, and we get those stories too, and we’ve had guys come up with photographs of them in their vehicles and bring them out to us.”
Patrick Brown is the commander of VFW Post 2590 in Carthage.
For him, the convoy serves another purpose.
Brown: “Our society the way everything’s changing all the time, and rapidly, I think it’s important that people get out and see the history of the us.”
And on top of getting veterans and history enthusiasts out, there’s another audience that’s key to reach.
Brown: “It’s great whenever you can get the kids out, we’ve had a lot of kids come up and talk to us and they come over and they’re interested in the army, interested in the military, and it’s just great, that they show an interest in it and hopefully they continue to keep that interest in history.”
The convoy is spending Sunday night in Miami, then they’ll hit the road and resume the next leg of their journey.