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The Allard's celebrate 67 years together

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HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Charlie Allard and his wife Joan are celebrating 67 years of marriage today. Charlie is a WWII vet serving three years in the Pacific.

"Well, I was working for a contract doing the lumber yard right next to her house," said Charlie. 

"He came over to get ice cream. The first time I saw him I thought he was real cute," said Joan. 

"I'm not anymore?" Charlie said.

Charlie now lives at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, while Joan lives at home. "But, he calls me on the phone every morning," said Joan. 

Joan visits him almost every day of the week and she's happy, because he's happy.

Charlie says he's met other vets at the Soldiers' Home that he served with.

"The respect that they have, the laughter that they generate with my grandfather. He cannot say enough about all of the nurses, the food, the entertainment and the way they take care of him," said their granddaughter Chris Matuszczak.

On Sunday, their family and other vets came together to celebrate with them.

"They've been an example to live by because of everything that they've endured in their life," said Matuszczak.

The Allard's have four children together. They lost two at a young age.

"If you can live a life that they live and be as happy as they are, even when they are apart, they make every effort to be together and they're always surrounded by family," said Matuszczak.

So, the key to a long and prosperous marriage?

"You just gotta overlook a lot of stuff," Joan said laughing. "Over look a lot of stuff..."

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