Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society (WCMVHS) supported by Veterans Affairs will be convoying with approximately 20 personnel and 10 to 15 vehicles from the Vancouver and Edmonton areas to Fairbanks this summer between July 27 and Aug. 19 says convoy co-ordinator John Hawthorne.
“Our goals are to raise public awareness and remembrance of our veterans as well as to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Alaska Highway,” Hawthorne says.
“We plan to visit several legions and communities along our route from Vancouver by displaying our old vehicles and equipment to the veterans and general public.”
He says legions to be visited include Ashcroft, Clinton, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St John, Whitehorse and Delta. Several other communities include Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake, Watson Lake, Teslin, Haines Junction, Beaver Creek, Delta Junction, and Fairbanks.
He say the club has had extensive convoy experience over the past several years visiting legions in communities from the interior of B.C., Vancouver Island and Washington State.
Western Command is not part of the much larger U.S.-led Military Vehicle Preservation Society (MVPA) Convoy that will be departing from Dawson Creek on Aug. 4, Hawthorne says.