TROY — In honor of Seniors Day at the Miami County Fair, one couple had the opportunity to renewal their wedding vows.
Arthurand Gail Haddad married Dec. 4, 1955. Gail shared that they met through a blind date a friend of hers in college set up.
“My friend had set up eight couples to meet for a hayride date,” she said. “I said no, and at 4 p.m. the day of, my friend called me and said she needed one more girl. I said alright, since she was my friend, but I didn’t expect anything to come of it.”
Her date was Arthur, and she said she has never regretted going on that date or what happened afterward.
Arthur — a longtime Miami Coounty Commissioner — shared the two had been together four years when they decided to marry. He received a draft notice, and the two tried to arrange a date and location, as he was in St. Louis and they were getting married in Cleveland.
“We also tried to get the marriage license,” he said. “The clerk of courts would not accommodate us on the weekend, even after I explained our situation with me coming home to be sent away to training again.”
Additionally, the airport in St. Louis was shut down from a snow storm, which delayed the Haddads from getting to Cleveland for the wedding. Thankfully though, they were able to get to Cleveland the weekend they were to marry.
Arthur said his wife’s family was friends with an attorney, who had helped convince the clerk to open the office for them the Sunday they married.
They were surrounded by family and friends as they renewed their vows. Troy Mayor Mike Beamish helped Gail get down the aisle, and she joined her husband and the officiant on stage.
After the Haddads gave their declaration of intention, the officiant read from 1 Corinthians 13, which explains what love is not and what it is — patient, kind, and concerned with others.
During the Scripture lesson, the officiant talked about the meaning behind various expressions for getting married with a focus on “tying the knot.”
“Back in the old days, the bride and groom would wear clothes with very long sleeves,” he said. “So to tie them together in matrimony, they would tie a knot in their sleeves, hence ‘tying the knot.’”
The Haddads reaffirmed their marriage covenant, which was followed by the blessing and exchange of rings.
A private reception followed Wednesday night.