Ernest Andrus, a 97-year old World War II veteran, began walking across the United States a couple of years ago, hoping to raise funds and awareness for his original ship to make a return trip to the beaches of Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day. Unfortunately, Mr. Andrus became ill recently and had to suspend his walk.
However, Andrus’ traveling buddy, John Martin, has taken on the challenge to continue “Ernie’s Journey.” The retired firefighter is making his way through Lufkin this week, and on Thursday morning, he’ll have plenty of company: Cadets from both the Angelina College Fire Academy and Police Academy will accompany Martin for part of the journey.
Martin’s walk on Thursday in Lufkin will begin at Kurth Drive and Lakeview Street at 7 a.m. The walk’s end point will be 3676 Highway 69 at the Family Dollar store.
Onlookers are encouraged to attend and provide support.
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