Weathering WWII: A local couple's love story

Valentine's Day is less than a week away And love continues to be in the air for one couple whose love story reaches across the globe.

88-year-old Grace Lewis and 91 Raymond Lewis knew they would be together forever after their first date on July 4, 1941.

About a year later they were engaged, but little did they know that their love would be put to the test.

“Well, we were engaged. I wasn't quite 18 when he got notice that he had to go to the service” says Grace Lewis.

With the love of your life sent to serve in World War II there is only one thing you can do to stay connected and that is to write letters

“Well I always looked forward to getting one, every day if possible but they didn’t come every day” says Raymond Lewis.

With the government censoring Raymond’s letters he could never tell Grace where he was, until she figured it out using 2 world maps, one for him and one for her, with a code made of letters and numbers.

“You bring it down then it comes to a square, well then I would name those islands not by their name but give them a name and he could write back and they of course they wouldn’t censor that if he would say well, I was glad to hear, I got a letter from April or I got a letter form John or whatever. The first letter of the island was well then I would find out what island he was on and the government never knew I knew” says Grace.

Her plan ran smoothly through the years until she stopped receiving letters.

“This went on, it seemed like it had been weeks that time and on Christmas morning here comes the rural mail carrier and he had a whole stack of letters. He said well I couldn’t go home and enjoy my Christmas knowing Gracie, how anxious she was to get these letters. So he brought them out to me. That was the best Christmas I think I ever had” says Grace.

And the following November, Grace and Raymond were finally reunited

“He got home on a Tuesday and we got married on Sunday” says Grace.

And here they have stayed, in the same house…

“A lot of history here.”

For 67 years.

“We would have been married longer than that if Uncle Sam not intervened” says Grace.

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