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Community Comes Together for 65th Anniversary Surprise

Saturday's rain didn't get in the way of people showing their support for a local business owner as her grandparents celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Sometimes a true love story has a way of bringing people together.

That was the case Saturday afternoon when even severe weather couldn’t keep the community away from cheering on a couple celebrating 65 years of marriage.

All week Tiffany Owens, owner of Annapolis Shirt Company on Main Street, about her plan to surprise her grandparents, John and Jackie Roman. The couple met when John was stationed in Jackie's hometown of Charleville, France, during World War II.

Handmade signs were available in the store for people to hold and some were even written in French in honor of Jackie.

The couple received citations signed by members of the Maryland House of Delegates, Sen. John C. Astle (D-Annapolis), Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and Gov. Martin O’Malley, Owens said.

At exactly 12:45 p.m. a World War II Jeep with a “Just Married” sign tied to the back of it made its way up Main Street. John and Jackie Roman were all smiles waving and blowing kisses as they passed enthusiastic sign holders, many complete strangers.

A veil—made by her daughter to resemble the wedding-day veil that was made out of goose feathers because money was tight after the war—could be seen in Jackie’s lap as she snuggled next to her World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. After 65 years of marriage, he was still the dapper gentleman and she was his blushing bride.

jackie thompson April 18, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Thanks to everyone who braved the weather to make this day special for our parents/grandparents. They could not believe it.
Tiffany Owens April 18, 2011 at 07:28 PM
From my Grandparents~To all you wonderful people who came out Saturday in ANNAPOLIS To wish my wife and I a happy 65th wedding anniversary. Youball Were outing the cold an rain, but seeing you all out there cheering For us it was not rain it was rainning violets (old forty song ), And to us it was a beautiful sunny day. THANK YOU ALL YOU MADE OUR DAY. LOVE. YA. JackiE and JOHN ROMan.
Rebecca Cleary April 19, 2011 at 01:51 PM
John and Jackie, It was an honor to photograph this special event!! I am the wife of a Naval Officer and seeing you ride up Main street in that jeep brought tears to my eyes! It is so wonderful to see a couple celebrated because of their long lasting love for eachother! Happy Anniversary!! Rebecca Cleary
Tiffany Owens April 20, 2011 at 01:03 PM
I will pass along this message to them! Thank you for coming out in the rain. My Grandma said she kept shouting to everyone to get out of the rain! :-) They truly felt so honored and it will be a memory to last a lifetime!

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