A convoy of military vehicles ranging from World War I to recently retired is scheduled to arrive in Milbank on Wednesday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m. The convoy, courtesy of 100 to 150 members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA), will display up to 70 vehicles in the parking lot of the Milbank Armory in the evening.
Milbank’s VFW, assisted by the Auxiliary, will provide supper for the travelers at 5 p.m. The public is also encouraged to attend the meal at the VFW. The cost is $7 per person.
The stop in Milbank is part of their Yellowstone Trail Cross-Country Historic Military Vehicle Convoy (YT’21 Convoy). The group departs from Aberdeen on July 28 and journeys east along the Yellowstone Trail through South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The caravan will also attend the MVPA Convention in South Bend, Indiana. The YT ’21 road ends in Conneaut, Ohio on August 20 when the group joins the 2021 Conneaut WW II reenactment.
The MVPA, a non-profit organization, is the largest international historic military vehicle group and includes about 8000 members. The vehicles are all privately owned and MVPA affiliates host convoys and trail rides throughout the year to fulfill their mission. They strive to provide 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.
The group has been active in several forms since 1976. In 1992, the MVPA sponsored the 50th Anniversary Alaska-Canada (ALCAN) Highway Convoy which covered 1900 miles from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2009, MVPA members reenacted the 3100-mile 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy which traveled from Washington, DC to San Francisco. A 70th anniversary trip of the ALCAN Highway Convoy took place in 2012.
Keep ‘em Moving and History in Motion are favorite phrases that are taken literally at the MVPA. From its beginning in 1976, member publications have been central to providing and sharing historic military vehicle (HMV) information. Their acclaimed Army Motors journal began in 1976 and Supply Line joined it in 1978. Both publications are considered benchmarks by HMV hobbyists.