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Couples Renew Their Wedding Vows

Thirty-five couples renewed their vows on Thursday



    Thirty-five couples renewed their vows on Thursday at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach. (Published Thursday, June 20, 2013)

    Their wedding day may be a distant memory,  but their love for each other is something that is unchanging.

    W.D. Leip said they met in 8th grade, started dating in high school and have been together ever since.

    W.D. and Vera Leip were just one of the 35 couples renewing their vows on Thursday.  All of whom have been married at least 45 years. But the Leips are going on 58 years.

    "If you work as hard to stay together as you would have to to separate," said W.D. Leip. "Why not just stay together."

    They say their secret is saying I love you everyday and enjoying life together with six great-grandchildren.

    Vera Leip said:  "We've been together for a long time. We work together. We do things together. And we have hobbies to do things together. That's important."

    Each couple walked down the aisle together, stated their vows and had their first dance. Something Irwin and Paula Woolf first did 75 years ago.

    "We met at a sweet 16 party. I went with another young man and went home with Irwin," said Paula Woolf.

    The Woolfs are just two of the 900 residents at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach.That''s also celebrating 45 years..

    "They are living marriages that we aren't going to see in the future. It's too easy to get divorced and tough love doesn't mean anything anymore," said Bob Scharman, CEO at the village.

    The Woolfs say there's no real secret to their love, it might just be luck.. But one thing's for sure, no day is taken for granted.

    "If we can live in good health for a few more years, That's going to be wonderful. That would be heaven, but who knows. We don't know," Paula Woolf said.