While many come together for weddings each year, it's not everyday someone gets to witness a couple celebrate 70 years of marriage. Lonnie and Aline Frank were able to do just that Saturday, in front of all their friends and family at Hope Evangelical Free Church in College Station.
Aline, a Burleson County native, met her husband Lonnie in Houston through a mutual friend. She gushed they both knew they had found true love right away and were married months later in Sommerville. Aline was a young bride at age 15, but she said she knew that she and Lonnie were a match made in heaven.
Their first big test for their relationship was when Lonnie was called to serve as a Machine Gunner in WWII.
"I was never proud of anything I ever did when I was in the military," said Lonnie. "We did what we had to do and I never looked for any heroism or anything like that."
Despite Lonnie's honesty, his actions proved to be the definition of a hero. The two love birds were separated right when Aline was expecting their first baby.
“I spent most of my time over in Europe on the front lines," said Lonnie. "She (Aline) was left at home expecting our first child.”
Regardless of difficulty, Aline stood by her husband every step of the way. Another strain happened when Lonnie was wounded in combat in September 1944. He was not able to return home until January 1946.
News 3: "what made you continue to stay strong mentally?"
Lonnie: "Well, looking forward to get back to see her (Aline)."
The Franks had three children together, who have all passed away. Their son died when he was 31, their youngest daughter lived to be 41 and their oldest daughter passed when she was 62. Through all the ups and downs, the two agreed their faith in God has been the glue to hold them together.
"If it hadn't been for it, I don't think we would have ever stayed together; it's the key to a happy and whole marriage," said Lonnie.
Strong religious convictions aren’t the only piece of advice Lonnie offers couples of younger generations. He stresses the importance of never going to sleep upset. "Don't ever let the sun go down on your anger; settle it," Lonnie warned. "The new day has enough problems of its own."
Lonnie and Aline were left 6 grandchildren, who all attended Saturday's event. In addition to a room packed full of friends and family, former President George W Bush and Governor Rick Perry and the State of Texas sent letters to congratulate the Franks.
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