Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Communities in the Colorado River Tri-State area showed their patriotism for the United States of America as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 honored veterans and preserve military history in a convoy along historic Route 66 on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

As part of their journey along historic Route 66, the convoy was going to make a stop in Needles, California were a community was planning a welcoming event for their arrival.

The convoy began their journey to Needles, California leaving their rest stop in Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The convoy drove westbound along historic Route 66 heading up the Black Mountains into the town of Oatman, Arizona then going down the Black Mountains into the community of Topock, Arizona where they made a stop at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 where they hosted a reception for the convoy and for the community.

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These pictures sent into ZachNews by Loree Gaskill show their arrival at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306.

After meeting with the great people of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306, the convoy started off towards Needles, California.

The convoy drove across the Colorado River along westbound Interstate 40, then got back onto historic Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Drone Video from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

ZachNews was able to get an aerial of convoy along East Broadway thanks to a drone that was operated by Richard Hazlewood from Needles, California.

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These aerial pictures captured in the drone video shows the convoy driving along East Broadway near Goodwill Street in Needles, California.

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At around 12:43pm PT, the convoy arrived into Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the convoy arrival into their rest stop for that day and for the welcoming event waiting for the group.

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The convoy drove west along West Broadway and entered a dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Needles, California.

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After arriving, the group were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. and was welcomed on a tour of the historic El Garces Train Depot.

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After lunch, a welcome ceremony was held kicked off at Santa Fe Park.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the welcome ceremony welcoming the Route 66 Convoy 2017 group to their community.

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The welcome ceremony began with music and the playing of the national anthem preformed by the Fort Mojave Tribal Band.

Proclamations were then handed out by both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood to Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

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Dan McCluskey thanked the community for welcoming them into their community and for the great lunch, and presented to City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget a licence plate that read, “Needles, AZ — Our Host City”.

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Doran A. Sanchez from the Bureau of Land Management welcomed the convoy to California and thanked everybody, including the City of Needles Mayor and City Council as well as Pam from the Needles Chamber of Commerce and Janet from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance for putting this event on.

Dan McCluskey was presented with a gift, a Historic California Route 66 Needles sign, from the California Historic Route 66 Association.

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After the welcoming ceremony, Zachary Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017, about the group and the convoy’s journey along historic Route 66.

Established in 1976, the non-profit Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) has over 6,000 members worldwide and is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey what has been the experiences been like on their convoy journey along historic Route 66?

It’s been amazing. One of the things is, we’re not following the interstates, we’re following the original routes that went through the middle of all of these small towns that are slowly being bypassed by the interstate, and we’re getting these towns that have 1500 people in it and we’ll get 2,000-3,000 people empty into the town. We had schools we had passed; all of the students are out along their fence, they’re sitting along the curb waving flags, we had one school – it was elementary all the way to high school – the whole school was out along the road waving flags that they made by hand. It was just amazing and it brings tears to your eyes to see this patriotism we have; honoring the veterans, honoring the military, which is what we are doing on this convoy,” said Dan McCluskey.

ZacHnews asked Dan McCluskey if there were people in the convoy who have served in the military?

About 70 percent of the people on the convoy – owners of these vehicles – are veterans and then we have that small number that are just collectors, and they’re here to preserver and protect this amazing amount of history here that we have,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey said that the vehicles are, “all privately own” and that, “we pay all of our expenses – all the way across the U.S., and it’s all about preserving the history.”

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey how was the drive over from Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California?

It was incredibly beautiful drive going out of Kingman and up to Oatman, we even brought our heavies through the Oatman highway, and we actually had no problems with them,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey then talked to ZachNews about their stops in Oatman, Arizona and Topock, Arizona on their way towards Needles, California.

We had a morning break in Oatman – we spent a hour and a haft there and then we came down the hill, and the day before we have been invited by the V.F.W. hall in Topock to stop and we did, We stopped there for a haft hour confer break to meet the veterans there, to shake their hands, to have them tell us their stories; we had our veterans who are on the convoy, they’re telling stories to them, and it was an amazing route that we just did here today and then crossing the Colorado River to come into Needles,” said Dan McCluskey.

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Some of the military vehicles remained parked on display after the welcoming ceremony for the community to view well the other military vehicles drove around the community checking out Needles, California.

As evening fell, some of the people in the convoy camped out in the dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed free WiFi during their stay thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc.

The rest of the people in the convoy decided to either camp at the Needles K.O.A. Campground off National Old Trails Road (Route 66) or stay at the Rio Del Sol Inn off Pashard Street in Needles, California.

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As morning rose, Route 66 Convoy 2017 group said a goodbye to Needles, California and began their journey west at 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the convoy left along Needles Highway then headed westbound on Interstate 40 towards their next stop for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) in Barstow, California.

These pictures from the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) – Barstow on Facebook shows the convoy stopped for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, California.

ZachNews has learn that the convoy arrived at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 ending the historic Route 66 convoy journey.

The convoy is currently resting historic Route 66 convoy journey at Fort MacArthur Historic Park in San Pedro, California after taking a short journey south along Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the South Bay portion of Los Angeles, California.

** For more information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Route 66 Convoy 2017, please go to the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association website address: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can also been found at the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association social media website addressees: **

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

**** ZachNews would like to say congratulations to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for arriving safely to your final destination and thanks to everybody with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for coming to Needles, California and thanks to all of the veterans for their service in our military and all they did for us and our country. ****

** ZachNews would like to say great work to everybody who worked on the welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 to Needles, California. **

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