World War II veteran and runner Ernie Andrus, at center, is joined by well-wishers as he descends the overpass on the west side of Mexia Thursday morning, July 9. Walking with Andrus, l-r, are Martha Alvarado with her son Angel Alvarado Jr., 3 months, and Lisa C. Tweedle at left, and MaryFaye Grimes, of Austin’s veterans support group Team Red, White and Blue, at right. Driving behind the walkers are supporter Sergio Grimes and a Mexia Police Officer, escorting the group. Andrus is making a trek across the United States to raise money for the LST 325, a ship like one on which he served in World War II, that has been restored and is displayed at different places around the country. Andrus began his journey in October 2013 in San Diego, and plans to reach Brunswick, Ga., on the east coast in the summer of 2016.