The couple remarked that they could never plan a honeymoon during the early years of their marriage. But looks like they now have the time 75 years later.
Love has the tendency to surprise even the coldest skeptic in ways they couldn't possibly imagine. It's often during our moments of despair and uncertainty when love rears its beautiful face in and envelops our life with unfathomable joy with a staunch statement that we deserve it. Love is often like the wizard that Gandalf describes in the Lord of the Rings, never off time, a moment too late or early, but precisely when it should arrive. Love makes us experience a plethora of emotions, and at the end of our lives, it's love that makes us realize the meaning of the long years and decades.
When D-Day hero Ken Foster lost a leg during World War II, he'd felt the deepest despair a person could endure. He also thought he would lose his loving partner due to that because it's not easy to spend the rest of your life with a differently-abled man. And now, after 75 years following the day of their wedding, they are planning their honeymoon together, reports the Mirror.
Ken and his beloved wife Vera remarked that they could never plan a honeymoon during the early years of their marriage as Ken was still recovering from his horrific injury which resulted in an amputation. Due to that complication, Vera busied herself with work and hence could not find the time to make their special day.
On the notion that Vera would not want to be with someone with a broken leg, she bravely said: "Many injured men were getting letters from wives or sweethearts giving them up. But as far as I’m concerned it is the man himself who counts.”. They met on Ken's first-ever holiday and it was love at first sight.
Their relationship did not have a great start though. Soon after they met, Ken was enlisted in a Yorkshire regiment and went to train for D-Day. He spoke of the invasion in June 1944, "We didn’t know the plan. We were in tents in camps and then suddenly we were off and crossing the Channel.” The couple got married six months after the accident and went on to have three children, who are now 73, 72 and 75.
With regards to the actual incident that made him lose his leg, Ken added, “We were on an anti-tank battery and I got unlucky when a shell came in. “I saw my boot with a sock go up in the air and I looked down and my foot was hanging on by bits of skin.".
“It was like my leg had been put in a bucket of boiling hot water. When we got to the first aid center, the first thing you got was a pot of hot, sweet tea. They put a dressing on the wound and then did an operation in a field hospital," he revealed. All of this did not trouble him as much as the thought of losing Vera did, “It didn’t worry me so much; losing Vera was all I could think about,” he said.
‘I lost a limb on D-Day and thought my girlfriend would leave me’— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) 6 June 2019
97-year-old Ken Foster shares his story of losing a leg in Normandy in 1944. #DDay75thAnniversary @tonylivesey pic.twitter.com/KVSiCXhMP0
Vera said, “We got married on Saturday and I went back home and he went back to hospital on Monday morning, no honeymoon." She added, “I went back to my job as a nursery nurse while he was in and out of hospital. But this year we’re going to Eastbourne which is where we would have gone." “You’ve got to work at being married. There’s no his and hers, it’s all ours. We had hard times but we are lucky with the lives we have had.”