With the divorce rate at 50 percent in the United States, it is incredibly heartwarming when couples make it last and celebrate big milestones having stayed together for a long time. Donald and Vivian Hart have given everyone hope that chivalry is not dead as they recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary together. The couple, both 99-years-old, were married back in 1937 on June 25th when they were just 19. Today, they reside in Michigan at an assisted living facility where they still enjoy each other’s company and are more in love than ever.
The couple celebrated their milestone anniversary surrounded by their closest family and friends, eating cake and reminiscing about their wedding day. Donald recalled how music was a big part of their celebration and it was one of the most important components of their ceremony. The two were married while listening to the song ‘When Your Hair Was Turned To Silver’ by Perry Como with Donald observing “Now we fulfilled the song we’ve been singing. It seems to have come so suddenly,” He recited the lyrics, saying “When your hair has turned to silver I will love you just the same.” When he said this, his longtime wife turned and jokingly said “Is my hair silver now?”
Vivian went on to explain that music has been an integral part of their special relationship and when Donald serenaded her with a rendition of Bing Crosby’s ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’, it made their celebration even more magical. Of his decision to surprise his wife, Donald said “I used to sing it quite a bit when we were going together, it was the song that came to mind on our anniversary.” The couple’s wonderful relationship has been admired by their family with their great-granddaughter, Andi Ripley stating “It’s special because of how much they have poured into their family’s life, there are no strangers to their family so being able to honor them for the years they’ve hosted us is just really sweet. My grandma always says ‘This is a little piece of heaven’ every time the family is together.”
When asked about the tools needed to keep a marriage strong and exciting, Donald advised “Make sure the relationship is honest. Try to do what’s right in God’s eyes, it’s good to laugh together. Have fun with each other, but don’t make jokes at the expense of the other.” Vivian smiled as her loving husband spoke and then added “Always be sure to put God first in your life, be always willing to help and stay alert to your spouse. We have prayer every day together in the morning and the night. We don’t keep our mind on our troubles.”