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Welcome set for 100th anniversary military convoy in Tama Friday

August 22, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 U.S., Army's convoy across the United States on the Lincoln Highway will be observed in Tama this Friday, Aug. 23. when the 2019 convoy stops at the Lincoln Highway Bridge and Tama American Legion on East 5th Street.

Based upon the route announced, Kennan Seda, Tama Sons of the American Legion historian, estimates the some 65 military vehicles should be arriving in Tama in the 2:30-3:30 p.m. time period.

"One hundred years ago, some details of the convoy stop were kind of a last minute endeavor and it appears again that one cannot make convoy plans too far in advance, Seda told The Chronicle.

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The American Legion Hall will open at 1 p.m. and have water, lemonade and coffee" for those that want to hang out waiting for the convoy, he said.The convoy left Washington D. C. on Aug. 11.

"Visitors are encouraged to view the convoy vehicles, ask questions during stops and line the highways to wave a hand or America flag while the vehicles are moving along the road," Jan Gammon, Prairie Rivers of Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Coordinator.

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