The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the U.S. Military with an annual red carpet parade and special Salute the Troops Opry performance Tuesday, May 21. Among the artists scheduled to perform are Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, The Wild Feathers, and Mark Wills.

95-year-old World War II sailor Ernie Andrus is set to lead the red carpet parade of fellow military men and women into the Opry House before the evening’s performance. In 2016, Andrus became the oldest person ever to run across America, journeying from San Diego, California to Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Last month, he began a second run across the country, beginning in Georgia with a planned finish in California after his 100th birthday. Andrus is running to raise money and awareness for the LST 325 Ship Memorial in Evansville, Indiana. While 1,051 LSTs (landing ship tanks) were built during World War II, only the 325 is fully restored, operational, and open for tours.

The Opry and the United Service Organizations (USO) will invite men and women of the U.S. military as well as spouses, children, and parents of service members to follow Andrus on the red carpet into the Opry House for the evening’s show, dedicated to saluting the troops and their families for their service to the nation.

The public is invited to cheer on the honored red carpet parade guests in advance of the evening’s show; 7 p.m. show tickets are available at 615-871-OPRY and opry.com.

CBS Evening News profile of Ernie Andrus

Ernie Andrus official website

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December, Wednesday night shows reutrning this spring, and seasonal Opry Country Classics shows on Thursdays. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com.. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com. and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.

About the USO: The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

For more information about the Grand Ole Opry, contact:

Jessie Schmidt (615)-491-7988, jessie@schmidtpr.com

Dixie Owen (615)-440-6171, dixie@schmidtpr.com

For more information about the USO, contact:

Kari Moore, Center Director, USO Fort Campbell/Nashville

(270) 660-9068

kmoore@uso.org