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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sharing : Renews marriage vows on their 72 years anniversary

“May this day shine eternally in your lives.
May it add brilliance to every achievement and cast a divine light over any misfortune.
May you care for each other in all sadness.
May you give cheer to each other.
May you give vitality to each other in all undertakings.
May all that is virtuous, beautiful and honest, remain with you always”
A wish from a dying man, Vernon McAlister,to renew his wedding vows with his 72 years beloved wife, Sue. (ooo…so romantic). A simple ceremony has been held at Hospice of Upstate in Anderson Country, South Carolina, USA.
After having a dream that his wife wanted to marry him again, Mr McAlister asked the nurses to help him stay alive a few more days so they could celebrate their 72nd anniversary together.
Mr McAlister broke his hip three weeks ago and doctors expect him to live just a few more days. They married when he was 20 (now 93) and she was 15( now 87) and they first met when they worked on Vernon’s father’s farm in South Carolina.
'My father told me she would make a good wife,' he said.
'I couldn’t have imagined how right he was. She is just purely wonderful. She is a jewel.' (ooo..so sweet :)
Two years ago Sue survived a battle with stomach cancer and credits her husband's support as crucial.
Mrs McAlister said: 'He has taken care of me my whole life.'
'He has loved me and respected me and cherished me the way he said he would when I was just a young girl and he was just a young man.
'There is nothing to be nervous about when you are walking toward the person you love with your whole heart.'
Mr McAlister is a retired agronomist and the couple have five children together.
Their sons Tony, Phil, Van and Don McAlister and daughter Anita Floyd were all present at the ceremony.
'They are a testament to love,' said Floyd.
The ceremony was conducted by family friend Bill French who told the couple they were an example to the world.
'When you took those vows all those years ago no one could have known how long that walk together would be,' said Mr French.
'You have fulfilled your promise and God is smiling.'
It is very rare to see young people to do such commitment. Divorce and marriage seems like a very common things now ( I’m a young people:P, I wish to have an eternal love like they do, still hold hand in hand together on our old time :)
This story just remind me of my grandpa en grandma…they love each other as well until their last day :)
“Although death cannot tear them apart…
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy…”

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