Sylvia and Jerry Jackson met in fall 1961, when she was working at a diner in her small Indiana town.
They were married two years later, and this month are celebrating their 50th anniversary with their two children, three grandkids and other family and friends.
The couple, who now live in Omaha, will always remember their wedding day, and not just because it's when they exchanged their vows.
Sylvia and Jerry were married on Nov. 22, 1963, a day the country will never forget.
On her wedding day, Sylvia, who was 19 at the time, was running a errands at a store with her future sister-in-law when an announcement sounded over the loudspeaker: President Kennedy had been shot.
Sylvia froze, and it seemed everyone else in the store did.
She quickly finished her errands and went back to her parents' home to get ready for her 7:30 p.m. wedding.
As she hustled to fix her hair and put on her wedding dress, she'd glance at the TV to watch the coverage of the president's assassination in Dallas.
Like everyone else in the country, she wondered who did it, and why?
Sylvia felt overwhelmed. She was sad for the president, his wife and their young children. But she had to prepare for her wedding.
Her mom and sister kept her on track, reminding her that she had to keep getting ready for the ceremony.
When she walked into the church and saw the wedding guests, she could see the shock on their faces over the president's death. It seemed people didn't know what to say to her.
But Sylvia and Jerry still felt joyful, and it was still a beautiful wedding.
She will never forget standing at the altar, holding hands with Jerry, giving each other comfort.
She and Jerry returned to her parents' house for a reception, and the mood was lighter. Sylvia felt more relaxed. The ceremony was over, and now she and Jerry could celebrate with family and friends.
Sylvia and Jerry lived in Ohio after they married, and moved around the Midwest as Jerry was transferred for his job as a retail manager.
They moved to Omaha in 1987 and have lived here ever since.
Sylvia and Jerry will never forget President Kennedy or how their joyful day collided with a tragedy for the country.
But the couple feel blessed. They are healthy and winter every year in Florida. They love their grandchildren and have made many close friends over the years.
“I'm very thankful,'' she said.