A Chinese couple in their 90s have commemorated their 70th anniversary by returning to the place of their nuptials and recreating their precious wedding photo.
Cao Yuehua, 97, and his wife Wang Deyi, 98, met in 1943 at a university ball and married two years later, on November 24, 1945, along the banks of the Jialing River in southwest China.
The couple recently reached their 70th wedding anniversary and celebrated by visiting the exact spot they married seven decades ago. This is the second time the couple have re-created their wedding picture. They did so in 2005 for their 60th wedding anniversary.
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Cao and Wang donned similar attire to their original wedding clothes, with the bride holding a replica of her beautiful cascading bouquet made of lush greenery and roses, and Cao looking smart in a suit and bow tie.
Their youngest son, Cao Pangpei, 60, told CNN, that he and his three siblings encouraged their parents to celebrate their long marriage and explained that, despite the adversity his parents faced, they have remained very much in love,
“They have been together for so long, going through the war, the political turmoil and diseases, and can still stay with each other and love each other. We want to help them to commemorate their love.”
Soon after their romance began in 1943, the couple were separated for a year after Cao was sent to India to act as an interpreter for a U.S. Army General.
According to Cao Jnr, his parents maintained contact by sending love letters via the military mail service. They were reunited in August 1945 and Cao proposed with a ruby ring purchased during a trip to Myanmar.
Cao Jnr adds that though his parents’ age means the memories are a little fuzzy, they can still recite the love poems they wrote to each other during the war.
The couple plan to re-create their wedding day for the third time, when they both turn 100-years-old.
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