West Virginia couple recreates wedding day to celebrate 75 years of marriage

Lorraine Dawson's husband, Ulysses, even wore the same World War II uniform he was wearing for the couple's wedding in 1946.
KANAWHA COUNTY, West Virginia (KABC) -- A West Virginia couple who have been married for 75 years relived one of the most beautiful moments in their lives this weekend: their wedding day.

In front of five generations of the family the two created, Ulysses and Lorraine Dawson recreated their wedding day.

"I thank God for him," said Lorraine of her husband. "I could never find a better one."

During Saturday's ceremony, Ulysses wore his uniform from when he served in World War II. It was the same one he was wearing for the couple's wedding in 1946.

"That's the way we met each other," said Lorraine. "He was in uniform."

She said though their marriage had its ups and downs, the two have persevered with compromise, love and faith.

"Our prayers were answered, and I thank God for it all," said Ulysses. "The knot was tied awful tight, and it's still holding."

So what's the key to a long-lasting marriage, according to the Dawsons? It's a multitude of things, but they key is always love.

"Be sure you love each other," said Lorraine. "It's a 50/50 thing, not an 80/20. It's 50/50."

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