With Valentine's Day on the horizon, Brooklyn toasted hundreds of couples Monday who've celebrated plenty of them. NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
Brooklyn sweethearts married for 50 years and more took to the dance floor Monday and showed they've still got it.
"I love her very much and I kiss her every day of my life and I want to spend another 58 years married to this girl. I love the earth she walks on, and I'm going to kiss her right now,” said Charlie Simon, who’s been married to his wife Veronica for 58 years.
More than 400 couples packed El Caribe Catering Hall in Mill Basin Monday for an early Valentine's Day celebration. Some shared their wedding pictures, and others shared their love stories.
"For the five years I was at college, I sent her a letter every day. The letter may only have said ‘I love you,’" said Martin Spencer, who’s been married to his wife Ruth for 70 years.
Other shared their secrets to a successful marriage.
"If you marry, take your vow and listen to what you said when you took them, because that's the only way you can make it," said Lessie Everett, who’s been married to her husband John for 71 years.
John and Lessie marked their 71st wedding anniversary just last week. At this event, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, they, along with all the other couples, got to renew their vows again.
"It's been a wonderful experience because they're definitely a role model for myself and my husband. We're married 28 years," said Sheila White, John and Lessie’s daughter.
The celebration included champagne, wedding cake and photographers.
"It really is instructive for younger people and that is, you know, life has its challenges, but if you love each other, love can overcome," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
This is the ninth year Markowitz has held his Valentine's Day event, and this year, he added something new: a photo booth to help preserve the memories in the years still to come.