National Guard couple cancels beach wedding to help Irma victims, marries in convention center
That’s what two members of the National Guard told each other when they decided to cancel their wedding in order to help with hurricane relief efforts in Florida, where at least five people died as Hurricane Irma hammered the state with punishing winds and torrential rains.
Senior Air National Guard members Lauren Durham, 24, and Michael Davis, 26, got married at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Sunday just hours before they were scheduled to rush into the winds of Irma to help residents in need of rescue.
“It started out as a joke, and it just kind of unfolded. And it turned out to be really great,” Durham told the Associated Press Sunday.
The couple was gearing up for a intimate beach wedding scheduled for the second week of September when they were deployed indefinitely. Instead, they married in the convention center wearing their fatigues in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and fellow rescue workers.