“He took his responsibility very seriously, and he has told my husband that I am his responsibility now," the bride shared.
Ex-paratrooper and a World War II veteran, William MacLean proudly accompanied his granddaughter Sarah Morson to her wedding altar back in 2015. The 26-year-old bride had lost her father 11 years ago to cancer and her grandpa had taken up the responsibility to stay by her side on the wedding day. According to Yahoo News, Sarah, who married Sean Morson, said, “We have always been very close, I absolutely adore him. He was very happy when we were engaged, so we thought it would be a happy thing for him to look forward to.”
Morson, who is a business manager for a company in Manchester also added, “He took his responsibility very seriously, and he has told my husband that I am his responsibility now. He has dealt with a lot as a war hero, and personally also. I think when you are as old as he is you have a good perspective, and he is fully aware that I adore him, and he loves me too.”
During the war, Mr. MacLean was parachuted into Normandy for the D-Day landings in 1944 but the war hero claims that he even met his brother Ian on a beach two days later. MacLean had also wanted to become a pilot but was unable to because he was discovered to be color-blind. William refers to his age as "101-and-a-half" jokingly. In a Second World War explosion, he lost his teeth.
Sarah and Sean married at Holy Trinity Church in Whitfield, Northumberland, according to Amomama. The 101-year-old is also a recipient of Croix de Guerre with a Bronze star from the French for acts of heroism in combat. He was awarded the medal for organizing fire-fighting parties to extinguish fires at an ammunition dump by putting his own life at risk. “He is very proud of his military career and attends memorial services whenever he can. He has spent time with Eddie Izzard in Normandy, and he remembers that my Granny was thrilled because he gave her a kiss,” Sarah said.
After getting discharged from the Army, MacLean went on to become a GP after finishing medical school, and he now lives in Edinburgh. “It’s difficult to see him as much as I would like, because we live so far from each other,” said Sarah. She added, “When I do see him we just sit holding hands. He likes holding hands, as he says lots of people don’t like to touch old people."
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