A 96-year-old WWII veteran is making his second run across the U.S. to raise money for a memorial. You're invited to join him on Saturday, January 25!
- story by Lisa Monti
- photos courtesy Coast2CoastRuns Facebook page
“I do the running and everybody else walks because I’m slow,” he says laughing. “The more runners, the more fun.”
Staying active apparently is second nature to Mr. Ernie who hit the ground early. “My mother said I stood up at 8 months and then I didn’t walk, I just ran.”
Mr. Ernie, a Navy veteran who served in World War II, is raising money on his travels for a memorial featuring the LST 325, the only transport ship of its class that is restored and operational. He was among the crew that brought the 325 back to the U.S. from Greece. “My dream is to take the ship back to Normandy for a D-Day Memorial,” he said.
Anyone who wants to accompany Mr. Ernie on Saturday should gather around 6:30 a.m. at the west end of the bridge ahead of the 7 a.m. start. And if you want to follow his remarkable journey online, go to coast2coastruns.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.