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Convoy of classic military vehicles to roll through suburbs
By David Teeghman | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 6/19/2009 4:21 PM

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A convoy of more than 80 restored military vehicles will roll through Wheaton, Aurora and Geneva this weekend.

The convoy's Saturday will begin in South Bend, Ind., stop in Wheaton at 11 a.m., pass through Geneva around 1:45 p.m., and end at the Rochelle Municipal Airport before 3 p.m. The convoy will park there overnight and leave at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Its journey is organized by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association in order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the original transcontinental convoy that occurred just after World War I.

"World War II veterans are dying at a fast pace, and we didn't wait until the 100th anniversary of this convoy because we want as many of those veterans there as possible," said Bill Campion, the association's Illinois coordinator.

The airport is one stop on a journey that began in Washington, D.C., last Saturday and will end in San Francisco just before the Fourth of July. That was the route taken by the original convoy because, at the time, the Lincoln Highway was the only route thought to span the entire country. The convoy's job was to assess the condition of the highway, and it found the route greatly lacking in maintenance.

This time, the convoy will drive north on Route 59 and turn west onto Route 38, both of which closely follow the path of the old Lincoln Highway.

Most of the vehicles in the convoy are from World War II, but there are a few from the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as some more contemporary vehicles.

One vehicle from World War I will be there, even though "it breaks down 10 times a day, but I'm sure I will break down that often when I'm that old," Campion said.

There will also be a World War II-era USO/Bob Hope show Saturday night featuring actors that will impersonate Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, George Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

For more details on the convoy, you call the airport at Call (815) 562-8619 for tickets, or visit