Gwinnett Tech Culinary Arts to Provide Support for Convoy of History Military Vehicles

When more than 50 historic military vehicles roll into Lawrenceville Sept. 24, members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will be greeted with a barbecue lunch to welcome them. Among the organizations supporting these men and women is the Gwinnett Technical College Culinary Arts Program, which will be providing traditional side dishes to go along with the lunch for around 200 veterans.

Lawrenceville’s Rhodes Jordan Park will be one stop of many as the MVPA journeys in a 29-day, 3,300-mile journey in what is being deemed as the largest veterans’ parade, honoring the service of veterans of all generations. The convoy will stop at the park from noon until 2 p.m. for a lunch break sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Gwinnett Post 5255. Lunch will include barbecue from Hometown Barbecue and Tony’s Meat Market, side dishes prepared by the Gwinnett Technical College Culinary Arts Program, desserts by Special Kneads and Treats and drinks from Coca-Cola Bottlers.

The 2015 MVPA Convoy, which includes up to 65 military vehicles from WWI-era to those just released, will travel from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, Calif. between Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. The trip will retrace the steps of a 1920 motor convoy along Bankhead Highway for its 95th anniversary. Each day’s activities have been planned, including lunch and dinner stops and lodging plans.

This is not the first time that the Culinary Arts Program at Gwinnett Technical College has provided support for this organization. Other food items have been provided to troops returning from overseas. Plans are for three to five students to assist in the food preparation.

Those interested can follow the convoy online at

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