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Broadview Heights couple surprised with parade for 68th wedding anniversary

Posted at 10:54 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 10:54:45-04

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — Throughout the course of a 68-year marriage, couples are bound to amass family and friends who enjoy celebrating such a long love. Tom and Kathleen Breslin know that firsthand, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, their loved ones had to get creative to celebrate their special day safely.

The Breslins were married 68 years ago Sunday, so to celebrate, their friends and family held a parade outside of their home in Broadview Heights.

Those closest to them stayed apart, practicing social distancing while still making it a party, bringing everything from signs to balloons.

“This is the greatest, this is better than if we had gone in anywhere," Kathleen said. “This is a surprise."

The two shared their secret for a long-lasting marriage.

“Prayer and wanting what’s best for the other person,” Kathleen said.

After cracking a joke, Tom attributed their successful marriage to his deep love for his wife.

“I love her very much, really I do. She’s been my right hand since the day we met,” Tom said.

Over their 68-year marriage, Tom and Kathleen have had seven children, 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, with two more great-grandbabies on the way this summer.