Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Official Press Release

April 21, 2015
For immediate release                                                                                                      
Media Contact: Lance Jensen, Event Organizer

WWII Military Vehicle Convoy to Commemorate VE-Day 70th Anniversary

On May 9th, 2015 a convoy of over 20 WWII-era military vehicles will travel around Utah Valley to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WWII allied victory over the Axis powers in Europe. The convoy will depart from Thanksgiving Point in Lehi and travel to the east side of the valley, then south to the Orem City Center Park. After a lunch break at the park, the convoy will then depart west and north, returning to Thanksgiving Point. The media and general public are invited to view the vehicles and speak with participants at the Orem City Center Park.

Convoy Schedule is as follows:

10:30 am – Departure from Thanksgiving Point Electric Park
11:45 -12:15 – Estimated Arrival at Orem City Center Park (400 E Center St., Orem)
1:00 – Departure from Orem City Center Park
2:15 – 2:30 pm – Estimated arrival at Thanksgiving Point

We anticipate and welcome the participation of WWII veterans and their families. To coordinate veteran participation please contact Lance Jensen (contact info above) or if you have a WWII era military vehicle and would like to participate in the convoy. The Utah National Guard is supporting this event with an escort of modern military Humvee vehicles.

The convoy event is officially recognized as the “VE-Day Rollout 2015.” This is the 2nd annual event of this type, with the “D-Day Rollout 2014” being the inaugural event last year. Vehicles in the convoy are authentic military vehicles from the 1940’s and 1950’s owned by private individuals. The convoy is estimated to be comprised of about 20-25 vehicles.

For additional information and updates, like our Facebook page (VE-Day Rollout 2015) or visit our blog at

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

VE-Day Rollout 2015 is ON!

Here are some preliminary details of this year's event:

When: Saturday May 9th, 10:30am (departure time)
Where: Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah

The 70th Anniversary of VE-Day (Victory in Europe Day) is right around the corner. We are excited about our commemorative event called the VE-Day Roll Out.

· The event will be held on Sat. May 9th, starting at Thanksgiving Point and will route through Utah County for just under 50 miles.
· Convoy will depart Thanksgiving Point at 10:30 AM, Lunch break at will be at the pavilions in City Park on Orem Center Street. (fast food restaurants are nearby but most participation will be bringing their own lunch) Lunch will not be provided this year, sorry.
· All military vehicles and Classic period Vehicles are welcome to participate (any classic jeep especially).
· There is no fee, this is not a formally "orgainzed" event. Just a bunch of mutually interested friends.
· You should carry private insurance if you bring a vehicle, there is no event insurance.
· I will have event stickers for this years participants (Image attached), these are available for $2.00 each, limited number available.
· We are hoping to have \lead and end convoy vehicles will be provided by the National Guard as we did last year but have yet to hear back from them.
· You can leave the convoy at any time (example-if you happen to live close to the convoy route)
· This is a family event; please bring veterans, wives, kids, boyfriends, girlfriends and friends to ride along!
· There is no cost to participate.
· You know your vehicle best, come prepared with it well maintained. Please bring basic tools, oil, water, spare tire etc.
· We will have chase vehicles provided if someone breaks down someone will be able to help or get you back to your own car.
· We encourage you to wear the correct period uniform or civilian clothes for appropriate time frame of your vehicle.
· We are looking for a volunteer to film and document the convoy.
· To get up to date information check out this blog or our Facebook page 
· Please use good judgement and caution if bringing firearms or replicas to decorate your vehicle. PLEASE, NO POINTING THEM AT ANYTHING ALONG THE ROUTE!

Whats different about this year’s roll-out?
Route is changed, we hope there will be less traffic and turns.
Route is shorter, just under 50 miles
Convenient staging location for participants coming from northern and southern Utah.
Other eras and types of military vehicles and civilian stock period vehicles are welcome, if you know any period cruisers that might enjoy participating, please forward this email and invite them.


We are meeting at Thanksgiving Point in the Electric Park Parking Lot. We can start assembling anytime after 8AM and we will pull out of Thanksgiving Point at 10:30 AM. The Electric Park is located just south-west of the Natural History Museum and the Movie theaters.