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Veterans Home celebrates special anniversary
Veterans Home celebrates special anniversary

"There was not a dry eye in the house," David Walk says after attending a 30 year anniversary party Tuesday at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston for his mom and stepfather. Judy fell in love with Dave Kane at first sight at her dad's Wisconsin tavern and they were married on December 3, 1983 in Racine, Wisconsin. Both had been married previously; he had three children and she had two children.

Known as the "lovebirds" by veterans home employees, they couldn't afford a wedding band and engagement ring 30 years ago. So after five years together Dave gave his wife an engagement ring and said to her, "Honey, I wish I could see you in a wedding dress." Judy says she has never forgotten those words.

"This year, I decided I was going to be a real bride for him." So she found a white wedding dress on eBay and called her son to bid on the dress. "I'm not good at doing things like this; the bid was won and the David's Bridal dress arrived." All of the arrangements were made with the help of family members and the veterans home. Today they celebrated in style with dinner, a cake, and a reception.

"There was not a dry eye in the house," Judy's son David Walk says. Judy sang their song, Anne Murray's "Can We Have This Dance," and she gave Dave an engraved wedding band with the words "To My Beloved" and their wedding date.

"I don't care if I have gray hair. I don't care if I'm 67. I was going to do something for my man," Judy says, adding that she just can't say enough about the veterans home and the way they helped her make it a perfect day.

"I'm grateful to God for the past 30 years he has so richly blessed us with," Judy says.

The couple moved to the Lewis-Clark Valley 12 years ago to be closer to family. Dave, who spent three years in the US Army, retired from his job as a truck driver after 35 years with Consolidated Freightways in Wisconsin. Judy worked at Gateway Technical College for 16 years. Dave, who has had Parkinson's Disease for 23 years, lives at the Idaho State Veterans Home and Judy visits him several times a week.

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