Couples receive salute for milestone marriages

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Marriage Day 2017 saluted 74 couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries at St. Francis by the Sea Church. Each couple was blessed during Mass and honored at a reception in the parish family center. Their collective years of marriage totaled 3,684. All anniversaries of more than 60 years were also deemed a milestone.

Phyliss and Bob Bidwell, left, and Marilyn and Jack Young, right, seen here at the reception for couples, families and friends, marked 68 years of holy matrimony. Marriage Day is a celebration of the gift and blessing of marriage and affirms and supports engaged and married couples.