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Traveling the country, Crossing of America tour makes Cape Coral/Fort Myers stops

August 10, 2011
MELISSA SCHNEIDER - Editor (mschneider@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin

Traveling over 12,721 miles of United States land, waving the American Flag with pride, the Crossing of America tour, made up of American-Flag-wrapped Spirit of Liberty Jeeps and numerous caravanners, is making its way to our very own town of Southwest Florida, stopping at the Iwo Jima/Veterans Plaza area at the Four Mile Cove Preserve along the Midpoint Bridge, Cape Coral, Friday, Aug. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m., then head west with an escort by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Caloosa Jeepers, our local Jeep club, to a day-long event at Galeana Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership, 14375 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, from noon to 5:30 p.m.

"We'll be pulling out all the stops," said John Scanlon, new car manager of the Fort Myers dealership. "We will have representatives from all branches of the military here, as well as the Lee County Sheriff, a Coast Guard boat, fly-bys from official government helicopters, Lee County commissioners It's going to be a grand time."

During the public gathering, John said his dealership will also have plenty of food and drinks provided by Coca Cola to offer guests, as well as a $3,000 donation from the local Galeana dealership awaiting the caravan.

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The Crossing of America Jeeps make it to St. Louis' Arch. Photo provided.

"We're going to have an American-Flag-wrapped Jeep on display at the dealership, as well," John said. "Come out and show your support and America Pride."

The public is encouraged to attend the free event.

About the Crossing of America

The Crossing of America began May 27 this year, just prior to Memorial Day Weekend, aboard the deck of the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego Harbor, Calif., and will conclude Thursday, Sept. 8, on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York Harbor.

The closing ceremony will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and the entire Crossing of America tour will travel more than 12,700 miles through 43 states and the District of Columbia during its 105-day trip.

The tour has captured the imagination of millions of Americans, and along the route, the Spirit of Liberty Jeeps will be the most celebrity-driven vehicles ever, having been driven by high-profile celebrities, sports figures, government officials, veterans, POWs, Medal of Honor recipients and family members of fallen heroes during its national tour.

For more information on the Crossing of America tour and upcoming stops, as well as regularly updated blogs, photos and more, visit CrossingOfAmerica.org.

 
 

 

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