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A long lasting marriage is built by two people who believe in and live by the solemn promises they made. The longest marriage is between Duranord Veillard (109) and Jeanne (105). They got married in November 1932, and the same month Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as a president. The couple never expected that their relationship would last for such a long time, but miracles do happen. They lived through all the vows made on their wedding day. The husband is 108, The wife 105, and they celebrate 82 years of marriage. They have been together for almost a generation. The difference between an ordinary marriage and an extraordinary marriage is in giving just a little 'extra' every day, as often as possible, for as long as both shall live."
Duranord Veillard turned 109 years in February while his dearly wife, Jeanne turned 105 years in May. They have raised five children,12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, and have moved to the United States in 1968.
Duranord lost his job as a judge and afterwards he was awarded a visa to visit the U.S. There he settled in Spring Valley. He found a job as a lab technician at the Good Samaritan Hospital and there he had worked for 10 long years. Now, the couple is living with their daughter Marie Eveillard.
What's their secret for keeping this long lasting love and happiness in the family and being the calm and happy family?
"That's god"- says Duranord Veillard.
The couple celebrated their birthdays in the nearest circles of their family and well wishers.
"He remembers everything," said his son, Vely Veillard, 62. "Look at him! He doesn't want to use a cane. He's a superstar."
Duranord is known as a virtuous and honorable man. Veillard wakes up at 5 am every morning and does 5 to 7 pushups, takes a cup of tea, oatmeal, and fresh fruit for breakfast. This way he starts his day. Then for lunch and dinner, he eats fish and fresh vegetables.The couple follows a routine to go to bed very early so that they sleep well through the night. They just go out when they have to see the specialist; they are both anticipating praise another point of interest in their life.
They are a living examples of the couples who experience their promises talked on the wedding day, spending their lives together in all the circumstances. There's no secret to marriage, they just did what was needed for each other and their family.