Pacific residents were treated to a unique parade when a military convoy passed through the city in the early hours of Sept. 20.
It took approximately 25 minutes for the 80 vintage military vehicles to pass through the city Wednesday, according to Capt. Don Locke, who escorted the convoy from Viaduct Street to the western city limit.
At 7:15 a.m., the convoy reached the Meramec Valley Early Childhood Center at 2001 W. Osage (Route 66) where preschool students waved miniature flags at the drivers, who waved back.
“Both the kids and the drivers seemed to enjoy the show,” said Tina Pittman, center director.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) conducted the procession as an anniversary convoy of 80 historic military vehicles to retrace the original 1926 Route 66.
The convoy launched from Chicago Sept. 16 and will arrive in Santa Monica, Calif., on Oct. 14.
Locke noted that officers were assigned to block off a couple of cross streets to allow the convoy to pass through.
“It came through in sections so there were no traffic delays, which only took a couple of minutes at each intersection,” Locke said. “It all went smooth. It was pretty impressive.”