Case in point: CBS News ran a 3-part story about a military widow in commemoration of D-Day 2012. Peggy Harris was married for six weeks before her husband, Billie, was deployed. He was shot down over Le Ventes, France in 1944. Peggy was sent a variety of letters, one claiming he was "missing in action," another that he was killed and buried in one cemetary, a subsequent letter said it was a different cemetary, another comumique that said he was listed as "missing" in the National Archives.
A friend of the family requested Billie's military records in 2006, and found out he was buried in the American cemetary in Normandy, France. But more than that, Billie had managed to narrowly avoid hitting the village of Le Ventes when he was shot down. An act which the little village has honored ceremonially for 60+ years.
Peggy Harris, Billie's bride of six weeks and widow of six decades, never remarried. When asked why, she says, 'Billie was married to me all of his life. I choose to be married to him all of mine."
She sends flowers to his grave in Normandy 10 times a year and makes a pilgrimage every year now to the tiny town which honors him on the anniversary of his death.
Would any celebrity or teen idol of today match that kind of commitment to a wedding vow? I think probably not. I hope I can inspire others to love like that with my love story.