Today, at Joe For America, we’d like to tip our collective hat to two of our fellow Americans who are also Haitian immigrants, Duranord and Jeanne Veillard. The Spring Valley, NY couple recently celebrated their 82nd Anniversary of marriage and will soon celebrate birthdays that many in their generation will not see.
If you read Joe for America frequently, you probably realize that many of us are concerned with the ‘wussification’ of America, of the perversion of American values, of our departure from the cultural values that have made us home to the ‘Greatest Generation’, and the death of liberty and freedom.
We often cite what’s wrong with our world, we point out those whose values are quite a departure from those ideas that have given our nation its strength, its endurance, its stature as the only super power left in the world (perhaps the universe).
Duranord Veillard will turn 108 on Saturday while his wife of 82 years, Jeanne, turns 105 in May.
FDR was president when they were married and the US was in the throes of the depression era. The New Deal was but a seed in FDR’s mind. Hawaii was not a state. Pearl Harbor was hardly known to most Americans and the nuclear bomb had yet to have been conceived.
What is the secret to their longevity and happy marriage? When asked, Duranord replied quickly, almost without thought, “That’s God.”
Yes, the couple are both devout Christians and proud Americans.
At a recent gathering of family and friends, both proudly displayed their American flags and talked of their journey to America. Surrounded by their 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, they proudly spoke of the freedom that they have found in America and were happy to talk of their relationship with the Lord though they are unable to leave their home these days for Sunday services.
They were both born in Haiti and immigrated to the States in the late 1960s. Duranord was a Haitian judge who left Haiti after retirement and settled in upstate NY before his wife eventually joined him in the US.
Duranord offered some insight into habits that he feels have led to his longevity. The centenarian, starts his day with pushups, a cup of tea, oatmeal and fresh fruit. He also eats fish and fresh vegetable for lunch and dinner and takes multiple naps each day.
Congratulations to them both!
Duranord Veillard, who will celebrate his 108th birthday on Saturday, holds the American and Haitian flags, while talking with his family, Feb. 26, 2015 in Spring Valley, NY.
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