For Immediate Release
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Sarah Marston, Partner & Communications Manager, Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Midland, Texas — On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Bankhead Highway Historic Military Vehicle Convoy will arrive in Midland for one night. This 3,300 mile, 29 day convoy represents America’s longest veterans’ parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans of all generations. The convoy will arrive in Midland around 2 p.m., and the public will be able to view the military vehicles from 2 to 5 p.m. at their gathering location, 4001 FM 715. The convoy crew will dine at KD’s Bar‐B‐Q, 3109 Garden City Highway, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the public is welcome to stop by for a photo opportunity with the military vehicles during that time as well.
“We are excited to host this military convoy in Midland, celebrating history and honoring our veterans,” said Gaylia Olivas, vice president of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this history and celebrate Midland’s location along the historic Bankhead Highway.”
In 1920, the U.S. Army executed a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly‐formed Bankhead Highway. The Army was determined to further their understanding of the practicality of motorized transport and its place in the U.S. Army. This convoy was commanded by Col. John F. Franklin
The 1920 route began at the White House, in the District of Columbia, and ended at Balboa Park, in San Diego, Calif., some 3,300 miles and 116 days later.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (www.MVPA.org) is conducting a 95th Anniversary Convoy with as many as 65 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) that will retrace the original 1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route along the Bankhead Highway. The MVPA’s 2015 Bankhead Convoy (“BH‐15”) will launch from the District of Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 19, and arrive in San Diego some 29 days later, on Saturday, Oct. 17. Historic Military Vehicles on the Convoy will range from World War I‐era to those just released from the U.S. Armed Forces inventories.
Additionally, the MVPA will use this convoy to support the national efforts of the Spirit of ‘45 non‐profit group with its mission to keep the spirit of ’45 alive, and to preserve the legacy of the men and women of the Greatest Generation so that their example of personal courage, shared sacrifice, “can‐do” attitude and service to community can inspire Americans to come together to meet historic challenges of our era. More information can be found at www.spiritof45.org.
The public is invited to view the convoy at its gathering location between 2 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. To get to the location from Midland: exit Interstate 20 at exit 138 (Garden City Highway); continue west on the service road to FM 715 and turn south on FM 715. The gathering location is approximately 1.5 miles beyond the intersection of Garden City Highway and FM 715.
The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination.
The above information has been provided by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. This event is projected to bring in $45,000 in direct visitor spending to the Midland economy.