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Tour of military vehicles to make swing through Nashville in early autumn

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NASHVILLE – A group of military vehicle enthusiasts is planning to bring 70-80 of them through Nashville in early October.
According to correspondence between Mayor Billy Ray Jones and representatives of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, the group will pass through the city the morning of Oct. 2 as part of a recreation of a 1920 tour conducted by the United States Army.
“In 1920, the US Army decided to plan and execute a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly-formed Bankhead Highway,” member Dan McCluskey wrote in a letter dated June 25. “In summary, the 1920 route began at the White House, in Washington, D.C., and ended at Balboa Park in San Diego, California – some 3,300 miles and 116 days later. [T]he 1920 convoy passed through your city.”
The modern reenactment is set to launch from the same location Sat., Sept. 19 before arriving in San Diego on Sat., Oct. 17. In the mean time, the route will carry participants through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
On the morning of Oct. 2, the group plans to move through the city “at a slow pace, in parade form,” with 30-40 civilian support vehicles accompanying the 70-80 military ones. Approximately 175 people are expected to take part in the event, according to McCluskey’s letter.
“We encourage all veterans and active duty personnel in the area to come see us,” the letter concludes.