World War II vet is walking across the country

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 16:09:11-04

A 95-year-old World War II veteran is getting ready to cross the country on foot for the second time.

Ernie Andrus celebrated the Fourth of July with a run through the Florida town of Monticello. So far, he is 175 miles into his coast-to-coast trek, which kicked off in March from Georgia's St. Simons Island

The last time he took this trip, it took him nearly three years to make the journey, crossing nearly 2,700 miles.

This time around, he has a goal of running 13 miles each week. He thinks it will take him about five years, meaning he will be 100-years-old by the time he is done.

Why is he doing it? Ernie says it's for fun -- and funds.

The Navy Veteran wants to sail a restored World War II tanker to Normandy for a D-Day Anniversary.

But his lofty goal is also a costly one, likely to cost millions. He raised $33,000 during his last trek.

But the run is worth more than money to Ernie. He's made friends along the way.

Ernie says, "There's a lot of good, loving people in this country. I'm on memory lane now."