Springfield, Missouri - More than 60 retired military vehicles dating as far back as WWI are touring Route 66 this fall and will make a stop in Springfield to allow the public a chance to see them.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association 91st Anniversary Convoy is retracing the original 1926 Route 66. The tour begins Sept. 16 in Chicago, Illinois, and is scheduled to arrive in Santa Monica, California, Oct. 14.
During the tour, the group will make a side trip to experience the “throwed” rolls at Lambert’s Cafe on Sept. 21 and spend some time in Branson.
About 9 a.m. Sept. 24, the convoy will make a stop in Springfield at Wal-Mart, 2021 E. Independence where the vehicles will be on display for about 45 minutes. The public is encouraged to meet the owners and take photos of the vehicles.
As they leave Springfield, the group will cruise north on Glenstone Avenue to St. Louis Street and head west to circle around Park Central Square before heading toward Carthage on Chestnut Expressway.
This 2,400-mile, 29-day convoy of motorcycles, Jeeps and cargo trucks represents America’s longest veterans’ parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans of all generations.
This is one of many military groups welcomed to Springfield by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the local economy through growth in tourism. Learn more by calling 417-881-5300 or visit www.SpringfieldMo.org.