Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Join WWII Veteran Ernie Andrus on a Portion of his Cross Country Hike
96-year-old WWII Navy Veteran Ernie Andrus was in Pearlington Mississippi bright and early this morning about a half- mile from the Louisiana State Line gearing up for another leg of his Coast-to-Coast, on-foot journey. Just moments later he and members of his team, flanked by Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and an escort provided by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office, resumed their cross-country hike to raise funds for LST Ship Memorial. Ernie was escorted over the Pearl River swing bridge across the State Line. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, Randy Smith also joined Ernie for a segment of his walk shortly after.
“Ernie is an inspiration to those who have served and he is determined to bring attention to the restoration of the LST Ship Memorial,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “It was an honor to escort him into St. Tammany. If you see Ernie in St. Tammany in the coming days, stop and say hello, or join him on his way.”
“It was a pleasure and an honor meeting Mr. Ernie Andrus this morning as he entered into St. Tammany Parish. I was humbled to walk a small segment with this remarkable man as his trek across the nation takes him through our Parish,” said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff. “I encourage everyone to go visit his Website and learn about and support his cause and to look for Mr. Andrus as he continues to make his way across St. Tammany this month.”
You can learn more about Ernie, and the mission of his Coast-to- Coast trek here.