Couple married 71 yrs celebrates Valentine's Day

(WXYZ) - It is likely you have met people who are skeptical about the value of Valentine’s Day. They call it superficial or a "Hallmark" holiday.

Before you put down the day, one couple says their more than 7 decade long marriage is evidence this celebration of romance is important.

Eugene and Clara Smith got married during World War II. He was in the service.

They have traveled the world, raised a son, enjoyed two grand kids and three great grandchildren.
They say if you want a love that stands the test of time - remember Valentine's Day.

"Celebrate it every year," said Eugene.

This year Eugene  surprised Clara with her favorite chocolates. It was something he had to plan because it is hard for him to get out now that he is in his nineties.

They also bought each other carnations sold during a fundraiser at the Oakwood Commons senior apartments in Dearborn.

The gifts are nice, but not as important as  the message.

"To my wonderful husband. From Clara," reads the note on the carnation Clara bought.

"Just remember you married your sweetheart, and commemorate that," said Eugene.

Eugene and Clara have been married for 71 years, but say the childhood sweethearts have celebrated 75 Valentine's Days together.

They say the secret to love that stands the test of time is being kind to each other, addressing disagreements, experiencing new things together by traveling, and showing affection.

"I love him with all my heart," said Clara. 

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