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The convoy of privately owned vehicles left Dawson Creek yesterday, and are travelling the distance of the highway to Fairbanks, Alaska. The vehicles have been through various military efforts, like World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

After arriving yesterday afternoon, the festivities kicked off this morning with a ceremony at the Charlie Lake memorial. Military members, local dignitaries and community members joined together for the singing of The Star Spangled Banner and O Canada, as well as an explanation of the history of the Alaska Highway.

The route was built in 1942 during World War II to get supplies to and increase the army’s presence in Alaska. Since then it has become a major trading route, and helped the growth of the several communities along it.

The vehicles are on display from 1 – 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at the North Peace Museum, and there will be an Anniversary Banquet this evening at the Legion.

A second, larger convoy of vehicles Military Vehicle Preservation Association will leave Dawson Creek on August 3rd.

Photos of the ceremony are below and the vehicles are the Museum are below.

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