A couple is celebrating 75 years of marriage that survived three wars.
On Dec. 12, 1942, Sterling Cale and Victoria Ventula of Halawa, Hawaii, tied the knot, KHON reports.
“I went over to Kawaiahao Church, where the kings and queens get married, and I said to the father there, and he said, ‘Sure, you can get married here. You got 50 bucks?’ Fifty bucks? That’s two months’ salary!” Sterling said with a laugh.
The U.S. was in the middle of WWII at the time. Sterling survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in WWII, as well as the Vietnam War and the Korean War.
The couple had two kids together.
Victoria said the hardest parts of their marriage were when Sterling was away.
“It was a lifelong battle,” Victoria said. “I don’t think another person would like to, went to the way I went. It was so lonely waiting for him, waiting for him, trying to get back home.”
Victoria said after seven-and-a-half decades of marriage, there’s still a lot of love and romance in their relationship.
“Once in a while, we kiss,” Victoria said.
“Once in a while?!” Sterling said. “Wow, I’ll have to remember that.”
The couple said they plan on having many more years together.
“I got her, and I’m going to keep her just as long as I can,” Sterling said. “God bless her, and I love her.”
“I’m hoping forever,” Victoria added. “Not hoping. I know it’s forever.”