By Eden Laikin
Hundreds of couples in Nassau renewed their wedding vows to each other in a re-scheduled Valentine’s Day celebration last week at the Coral House in Baldwin. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano performed the ceremony and hosted, along with his wife Linda, a reception they called – “Spring Fling.”
About 400 local residents participated in the vow renewals, including several couples married for 60 years or more. A winter storm had canceled the original February 14th special gathering and it was postponed until the first day of Spring.
The couples were entertained before the ceremony by a Barber Shop Quartet – Meshuga Daddies – which performed in the lobby. They danced throughout the afternoon to the sounds of the Full House band and watched as the fabulous Seasoned Steppers, and Ms. Senior New York, “strutted their stuff” on the dance floor.
“Today, couples will reaffirm their love for each other and renew their commitment to being together forever,” County Executive Mangano told those gathered at the March 20 reception. “We are here to celebrate the love which all of the married couples gathered today, have for each other, and to recognize – witness – their decision to renew their vows.
In Speaking to the Men as he performed the ceremony, County Executive Mangano asked:
• Will you continue to take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony and thereby love her, comfort her, honor and cherish her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep you only unto her for so long as you both shall live?
Speaking to the Women, he asked:
• Will you continue to take this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony and thereby love him, comfort him, honor and cherish him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep you only unto him for so long as you both shall live?
He continued on, with the exchanging of rings:
“On each of your wedding days you exchanged rings as a symbol of the never-ending circle that symbolizes the unrelenting strength, and eternal love for each other,” he said. “May you always wear your rings as a reminder of your wedding vows to each other, and your commitment to continue to live in unity, love and happiness. To remind you of that commitment made on your wedding day, you will now renew your pledge.”
In his pronouncement, Mangano said: “Today you have renewed the promises and vows you made to each other on your wedding day. You have symbolized the renewal of the marriage union by the joining of hands, the taking of vows, and by exchanging rings.
It is with pleasure that I conclude the ceremony of renewing the vows of marriage that joined you and forever binds you as husband and wife.”
The following couples were recognized for being married more than 60 years:
o Julius & Anita Alek – Married 65 years
o Michael & Helen Grella – Married 65 years
o Harvey & Nikki Bernhardt – Married 65 years
o Jack & Pearl Hayne – Married 65 years
o John & Agnes Pepper – Married 65 years
o Edward & Audrey Coyne – Married 65 years
o Stanley & Bernice Ulanoff – Married 67 years
o George & Katherine Kraemer – Married 68 years
o Peter & Nettie Giordano – Married 69 Years