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Canada 10 couples say 'I do' (again) at LaSalle retirement home

21:05  25 may  2018
21:05  25 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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"If I had the chance to marry her over, I would marry her over again ," said 94-year-old George, who has been married to Doreen for the past 71 years. The pair stood before the makeshift altar in the dining room of Seasons Royal Oak with several other couples saying ' I do ' for the second.

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a man and a woman looking at the camera: George and Doreen Bisnett have been married for 71 years. They have three children, 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.© Meg Roberts/CBC George and Doreen Bisnett have been married for 71 years. They have three children, 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

You're never too old to say 'I do.'

That's what George and Doreen Bisnett say — they were one out of ten couples to renew their wedding vows Thursday evening at Seasons Royal Oak retirement home in LaSalle.

"If I had the chance to marry her over, I would marry her over again," said 94-year-old George, who has been married to Doreen for the past 71 years.

The pair stood before the makeshift altar in the dining room of Seasons Royal Oak with several other couples saying 'I do' for the second time in their lives.

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Right away we knew that LaSalle Park Retirement Community would be the perfect home for my parents. Everyone was so helpful with the moving plans that the I want to say thank you for all the caring and compassion shown to me during my stay at the La Salle Park Retirement Community.

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a person holding a flower: Couples wore corsages and held flower bouquets at the ceremony.© Meg Roberts/CBC Couples wore corsages and held flower bouquets at the ceremony.

Couples wore corsages and held flower bouquets as Deacon Ron Vermette officiated the ceremony.

Following the ceremony there was cake and music.

"We really want to help our residents do things that are exciting and new and mean something to them," said Niki Mills, the general manager of Seasons Royal Oak Village.

A royal idea

Mills said the idea started when the retirement home was planning events for the royal wedding. Staff thought it would be nice for the couples to get their vows renewed, but later decided to make it a separate event.

a group of people standing in a room: Ten couples renewed their vows Thursday evening at a local retirement home.© Meg Roberts/CBC Ten couples renewed their vows Thursday evening at a local retirement home.

For George and Doreen, it was an opportunity to think about what has made a successful 71-years of marriage.

"Pray together and tell each other you love each other everyday and never go to bed angry," said Doreen, clutching her husband's hands.

"It's just been wonderful, being with this girl ... I got the best," George said.

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