WASHINGTON — Alison Ferrell’s ‘something blue’ at her wedding was not the traditional piece of jewelry or shoes — it was her 92-year-old uncle in his Marine dress blues.
“From the moment I got engaged I knew I wanted to include my uncle Bill in a special way,” Ferrell, 30, told ABC News.
“I come from a family where we were taught to have the utmost respect and admiration for the armed services and honoring him as the ‘something blue’ just seemed like the natural choice.”
Bill Lee Eblen, a WWII Marine Corps veteran who also served as a sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean War, agreed to be part of his nieces’ wedding despite having contracted pneumonia.
“He’s a tough, mean, Marine machine. I never doubted he would be there,” Ferrell said.
“I felt elated and honored to be a part of it,” Eblen said.
Even though it wasn’t his actual uniform, Eblen said the memories came flooding back nonetheless.
“Just to putting on that uniform again brought back a lot of great old memories,” he said. “It got me choked up.”