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100-year-old WWII veteran weds his 96-year-old bride in adorable ceremony

“It’s not just for young people, love, you know?”

Age truly is just a number; 100-year-old Harold Terens, a World War II veteran, has tied the knot to 96-year-old Jeanne Swerlin.

On June 8, the American couple wed in a sweet ceremony held in the town hall of Carentan, just inland of the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France, with Harold describing it as “the best day of my life”.

Prior to the ceremony, Jeanne said: “It’s not just for young people, love, you know? We get butterflies.”

She then cheekily added, “And we get a little action, also.”

Well-wishers lined the streets outside the town hall; some even donned WWII-period clothes for the occasion.

100-year-old WWII veteran weds 96-year-old

And Carentan’s mayor Jean-Pierre Lhonneur officiated the ceremony for Harold and Jeanne.

“With this ring, I thee wed,” Harold said.

Jeanne giggled in response and adorably replied, “Really?”

After the wedding, the happy couple waved through an open window to the crowd, champagne flutes in hand.

“To everybody’s good health. And to peace in the world and the preservation of democracy all over the world and the end of the war in Ukraine and Gaza,” Harold toasted.

In the evening, Harold and Jeanne attended a state dinner at the Elysee Palace – along with French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden.

100-year-old WWII veteran weds 96-year-old

During the dinner, Mr Macron congratulated Harold and Jeanne, prompting a standing ovation from the other guests.

“Congratulations to the newlyweds,” he said.

“Carentan was happy to host your wedding, and us, your wedding dinner.”

Ultimately though, Harold and Jeanne’s wedding was symbolic – not binding in law.

This is because the mayor isn’t empowered to wed non-resident foreigners of Carentan, and the couple hadn’t requested legally-binding vows.

100-year-old WWII veteran weds 96-year-old

But Harold and Jeanne could always complete those formalities back in America, if they wished.

In 1942, Harold joined the military and, upon arriving in Britain, was assigned as the radio repair technician for a four-pilot P-47 Thunderbolt fighter unit.

On D-Day, Harold helped repair planes returning from France so they could rejoin the battle; he said half his company’s pilots died that day.

12 days later, Harold travelled to France himself and helped transport freshly captured Germans and just-freed American POWs to England.

Then in May 1945, following the Nazi surrender, Harold helped transport freed Allied prisoners to England before ultimately shipping back to the US.

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