ROUTE FOR PURPLE HEART TRUCK RUN
 
Mon, 5/2 – Mt. Vernon, VA to New York City (250 miles)
-  Mt. Vernon (353 & 1775)
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Departure Ceremony at Purple Heart Trail marker.  MAJOR MEDIA EVENT
     o POC:  Heather Haro & Gordon Sumner 703-455-4527, Gordon.sumner53@gmail.com
     o RON:  Springfield Courtyard, 6710 Commerce St., Springfield, 703-924-7200
 
-  Times Square Event (0405 & 0003) (SVC Nazario) (PH City) MAJOR MEDIA EVENT
     o POC:  Ruben Pratts 347-703-7150, usmcph@yahoo.com
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 181 3d Ave., Brooklyn, NYC, 718-522-4000
Tue, 5/3 – NYC to Shanksville, PA (311 mi) then to New Stanton, PA.  (48 mi)
-  Morning TV Shows in NYC (NYC PH City)
     o POC – David Webb, (908) 577-2012, david@davidwebbshow.com
Shanksville (992) -- Visit Memorial for 9/11 plane crash
     o POC:  Dean Clark, 874-623-7809, Sharkie928@aol.com
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 107 Bair Blvd., New Stanton, PA, 724-755-0800
Wed, 5/4 – New Stanton to Dearborn, MI (310 mi)
-  0730 AM – Depart New Stanton
-  9:00 AM – Visit Youngstown/Warren, OH (606) (OH is a PH State) 
     o POC:  Paul Brady, 330-240-8494, pbrady1@neo.rr.com
- 10:00 AM – Depart Youngstown
-  3:00 PM –  Visit Ford Plant, Tour Rouge Factory (+ John Folsom & JVC Dan Cannode)
     o POC – Dan Duderstadt, 313 845-4632, jduderst@ford.com 3001 Miller Rd.
     o POC:  Leonard Milewski, 734-284-2790 & Ron Knapp, barb.lenny625@sbcglobal.net
     o RON:  Courtyard, 5200 Mercury Dr., Dearborn, MI, 313-271-1400
Thu, 5/5 – Dearborn to Tinley Park, IL (273 mi)
-  9:00 AM – Tour UAW HQ, 151 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI
     o POC – Dave Berry, DBerry@uaw.net
- 11:00 - Detroit City Hall  
     o POC:  Joe Rheker, (586) 855-7650, RhekerJ@detroitmi.gov
-  12:00 PM – Depart for Battle Creek, MI (Kellogg) (110) 
     o POC:  Bill Rousch, 269-804-9126, William-roush@att.net & Scott Wilson 269-430-1010
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 18511 North Creek Dr., Tinley Park, IL  708-633-1050
     o POC:  Dan Finn, 708-499-0685 & John Domina, 708-532-9180, jddgun5@yahoo.com


  (UPDATE 1 May 2016)
FRIDAY MAY 6, 2016 IS THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL CEREMONY AT 11:00 AM SOUTH STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS.
 
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY A FREE VETERANS LUNCH IS PROVIDE BY THE LOCAL DAV CHAPTER AT THE AMVETS POST #2, 2818 5TH STREET, DES MOINES IA 50314 (corner of New York Avenue and 5th Street).
 
THE PURPLE HEART RUN FORD PICKUP F-150 WILL BE ARRIVING FOR DISPLAY ON/ABOUT 12:30 PM AND REMAIN UNTIL 2:30 PM.
  
Fri, 5/6 – Tinley Park, IL to Council Bluffs, IA (450 mi)
-  7:00 AM - Depart Tinley Park, IL
-  12:00 PM – Arrive Des Moines, IA
     o Iowa Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day by Governor
     o Lunch at AMVETS Post 2, 2818 – 5th St., Des Moins, IA
     o POC:  Paul L Pickart, 515 251-3998, Mysterian@juno.com
- 3:00 PM – Depart for Council Bluffs, IA
     o RON:  SpringHill Suites, 3216 Plaza View Dr., Council Bluffs, IA  712-256-6500
     o POC: Jerome Eledge, 712-323-4752, jeledge@cox.net
Sat, 5/7 – Council Bluffs to Grand Island, NE (157 mi)
     o Dept of Nebraska Convention
     o POC: Jim Varejcka, 402-792-2144, jfvarejcka@windstream.net
     o RON: Fairfield Inn, 805 Allen Dr., Grand Island, NE  308-381-8980
 
 
Sunday, May 8, Rest Day (Mother’s Day) in Grand Island, NE

  
Mon, 5/9 – Grand Island to Longmont, CO (406 mi)
     o Longmont (1041, 375 & 434) (Longmont PH City)
     o POC:  Jeff Birdwell, 720-328-0842, birdwelljeff@gmail.com
     o RON: SpringHill Suites, 1470 Dry Creek Dr., Longmont, CO, 303-682-2894
 
Tue, 5/10 – Denver to Colorado Springs, CO (112 mi)  
-  0900 - Welcome ceremony at Roosevelt Park
-  1000 - Departure for Colorado Springs
-  1200 - Visit Fort Carson, CO (423); Demo at Post Exchange
     o POC:  David “Doc” Andrews, 719-338-6879, purpleheartdoc@comcast.net
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 2725 Geyser Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, 719-576-1717
 
Wed, 5/11 – Colorado Springs, CO to Albuquerque, NM (378 mi)
     o Albuquerque (1966 & 0176) (PH City)
     o POC: Rob Bibeau, 505-681-5603, Robert.j.bibeau@gmail.com
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 2300 Centre Ave SE, Albuquerque, 505-247-1621
 
Thu, 5/12 -- Albuquerque to Flagstaff, AZ (323 mi)
     o POC:  Billy Weldon, 928-779-1363, baseballbillpaul@npgcable.com
     o RON:  Courtyard Flagstaff, 2650 South Beulah Blvd., 928-774-5800
 
Fri, 5/13 – Flagstaff to Las Vegas, NV (250 mi)
     o Las Vegas (711 & 730) (Henderson PH City)
     o POC:  John Waid, 702-869-4186, jswaid@embarqmail.com
     o RON:  Courtyard South, 5845 Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, 702-895-7519
 
Sat, 5/14 – Las Vegas to Los Angeles, CA (270 mi) (CA PH State & LA PH City)
     o Los Angeles (2002, 1898, 2006, 83, 2010 & 392) MAJOR MEDIA EVENT
     o POC:  Assal Ravandi, (703) 649-4510, assalr@veteransinauguralball.com 
     o POC:  Robert Martin, 424-361-9665, bobthehammer@outlook.com
     o RON: Courtyard, 10320 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-556-2777
Sunday, May 15, Rest Day in Los Angeles, CA

 
Mon, 5/16 – Los Angeles to Palm Springs, CA (108 mi)
     o Palm Springs (755) (Palm Desert PH City)
     o POC:  N/A
     o RON:  Courtyard Palm Desert, 74895 Frank Sinatra Dr, 760-776-4150
Tue, 5/17 – Palm Springs to Phoenix, AZ (265 mi)
     o Phoenix (790, 422, 472, 691, & 1958) &National Commander Puskar (Scottsdale PH City)
     o POC:  Woody Glaudel, 623-882-6303, woodyglaudel@cox.net
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 13440 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-483-0042
Wed, 5/18 -- Phoenix to Sierra Vista, AZ (217 mi)
     o Visit Ft Huachuca) (572)
     o POC:  James Weathers, 520-459-8308, commander@moph572.org
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 3855 El Mercado Loop, Sierra Vista, 520-439-5900
Thu, 5/19 – Sierra Vista to El Paso, TX (275 mi)
     o El Paso, TX (393) (PH Elem School)
     o Visit Purple Heart Elementary School, 14400 GR Campuzano, El Paso, TX 79938
     o POC:  Ismael “Sam” Samaniego, (915) 497-9185, ismaelsamaniego@hotmail.com
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 7514 Remcon Circle, El Paso, 915-845-3100
Fri, 5/20 – El Paso to San Antonio, TX (551 mi) 
     o Sat, 5/21 –San Antonio (1836 & 814)
     o USAA
     o SAMMC, Center for the Intrepid, Family Support Center
     o POC: Lorenzo Rodriguez, 210-380-8497, el1rod67@yahoo.com
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 88 Loop 410 NE San Antonio, 210-530-9899
 
Sunday, May 22, Rest Day in San Antonio, TX
 

 
Mon, 5/23 – San Antonio to College Station to Houston, TX (265 mi)
     o Texas A&M, College Station (Purple Heart University)
     o Houston (723, 782, 911, & 867)
     o POC:  Felix Garcia, 386-793-8065, sgtg31@yahoo.com
     o RON:  COMP – Omni Westside, 13210 Katy Fwy, 281-558-8338
     o POC: Nadira Hamann, 281-977-6912
Tue, 5/24 – Houston to Baton Rouge, LA (268 mi)
     o Lafayette (504)
     o Baton Rouge (177)
     o POC:  Alton Rock, 985-641-4499, florist@artisticflorist.net
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 7959 Essen Park Ave., Baton Rouge, 225-766-9493
Wed, 5/25 –  Baton Rouge to Eglin AFB, FL (306 mi)
     o Pensacola (566) (PH Cities & Counties)
     o Air Force Museum, Eglin AFB (811 & 566)
     o POC:  Sam Houston, 850-729-2748, shh1100@cox.net
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 1280 Eglin Pkwy, Shalimar, FL, 850-651-9999
Thu, 5/26 – Eglin AFB to Columbus, GA (215 mi)
     o Visit Ft. Benning (PH City)
     o POC:  Harold Jones, 706-566-0834, haroldjones66@yahoo.com
     o RON:  Fairfield Inn, 4510 Armour Rd., Columbus, GA 706-317-3600
Fri, 5/27 – Columbus, GA to Charlotte, NC (351 mi) – MAJOR MEDIA EVENT
     o Charlotte (634, 2008, & 285)
     o Charlotte Motor Speedway (PH Speedway) – Coca-Cola World 600 Race
     o Carolina Panthers Stadium (PH Football Team)
     o POC:  Mike Stubbs, 704-455-6731, C: 704-578-5990, mstubbs3@carolina.rr.com
     o RON:  SpringHill Suites, 8700 Research Dr., Charlotte, 704-503-4800
Sat 5/28 – Charlotte to Arlington, VA (397 mi)
     o RON:  Springfield Courtyard, 6710 Commerce St., Springfield, 703-924-7200
 
Sunday 5/29 --  – MAJOR MEDIA EVENT
WWFS/MOPH Ceremony to present Truck Keys to Disabled Veteran