‘I’m the happiest in the world’: 100-year-old US WWII veteran marries in Normandy

100-year-old American veteran Harold Terence married his 96-year-old fiancee Jean Schwerlin this Saturday at Carentan-les-Marais (Manse) town hall near the landing beaches on June 6. 1944.

The centenarian was to be married at 11:00 a.m. by Jean-Pierre Launer, the mayor of a town 75 kilometers away, two days after ceremonies to pay tribute to soldiers killed during Operation Overlord, marking the beginning of the liberation. Farther north-west of Caen.”In June 1944, after the Allied landings on Utah and Omaha beaches in Carendan, Mr. We are so proud that Terence chose to get married here.“, the mayor told AFP before the ceremony.”We will give him champagne, but also a gift to thank him for his participation in the liberation of France.

After the ceremony, the elder will celebrate his union “With loved ones, in a small group“, Sarah Basquier told AFP, referring to the D-Day commemoration for Carentan-les-Marais town hall.


A senior living with his partner in Boca Raton, Florida (USA) will join later “Depending on his possible fatigue“For the veterans’ parade, a parade will be held in the center of Carentan-les-Marais at 4:00 p.m., according to Ms. Pasquier.

As part of the D-Day commemorations, a Liberation Ball will be held at the Town Hall that evening. “Citizens are invited to dress in a 1940s theme and veterans from nearby US bases are welcome“, Mrs Basquier clarified.”But Mr. Terence and his wife may be too tired to join“For ceremonies, he warned, recalling the age of the elder and his girlfriend.

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After receiving the French Legion of Honor from President Emmanuel Macron in 2019, Mr. Terrence was honored again Thursday.

After World War II, Mr. Terence married his first wife, Thelma. The couple had three children. When Thelma dies, he is devastated, and then three years later he meets a widower, Jean Schwerlin, and it’s love at first sight. “I have everything“, Mr. Terence assessed to AFP in early May,”The luckiest person in the world“.

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