Little did Ann Shawah know that when she ran off and married John Betar, theirs would be a love story for the ages. And after an incredible 85 years of marriage, they would celebrate their milestone in a way that paid homage to the start of their romance.
In 1921 10-year-old John Betar and his brother made the international trek from their native Syria to be with their father in the United States. The family settled in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where Betar would eventually sell fruit for a living.
His job took him up and down the Connecticut coast hawking fruit in towns along the water. But the most interesting development in his life would happen in his own neighborhood, a Syrian community where 17-year-old Ann Shawah also lived.