Saturday, August 4, 2012

Military Caravan to Honor the Alaska Highway's 70th Anniversary

From the August 2nd Alaska Public Radio "Historic Military Convoy Celebrates the Alaska Highway's 70th Anniversary" by Lori Townsend.

About 200 participants associated with  the Military Vehicle Preservation Society will kickoff a drive on the Alaska Highway Saturday (the 4th) to commemorate its 70th birthday.  This group had preciously driven the Lincoln Highway a few years back to commemorate the 90th anniversary of that first transcontinental military convoy.

There was a big kickoff on August 2nd at MM Zero at Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and plan to travel 4100 miles in 27 days.  (Wonder if they had passports or fought their way across the border?)

Seventy-seven vehicles are making the trip: 33 World War II era, 11 Korean War, 17 Vietnam and 14 Desert Storm.  Sixty veterans and 46 women are along for the ride.

They plan on ending up at Delta Junction.

Looking at the 1942 date, I'd say the Alaska Highway had something to do with World War II.

Congratulations to the Alaska Highway,   --RoadDog

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