The following was written by Sgt. 1st Class Mark F. Ounan, an Active/ Guard infantry Soldier currently assigned to the 324th Military Police Btn., Chambersburg, PA. Ounan is also the only current Soldier and Military Vehicle Preservation Association member taking place in the 2009 MVPA Convoy. Here's an exert from the journal he's keeping as he travels cross-country.
It's time for the kick-off.
We started out on Saturday in front of the Ellipse with a brief ceremony and then it was into our vehicles and we were off!
But right in front of the White House my car which was in the front of the convoy would not start. And I had to use the hand crank to get it going. We were escorted by the Washington, D.C., police all the way through town. We were delivered to the Maryland State Police, who led us all the way to Pennsylvania.
When we went through Gettysburg, PA, people stood and waved as we went by. When we arrived in Chambersburg, PA, there were hundreds of people standing and cheering. People were very excited to see the old military vehicles and to talk to us. We parked the vehicles and had a car show. The local VFW post made us some dinner.
Staff Sgt. Lisa Levack from the Letterkenney Army Depot Public Affairs Office arranged for some Soldiers to park an MRAP (a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle) alongside our trucks. Many people wanted to see what the Army is riding in today. We stayed until it got dark, but people were still there.