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Birmingham couple renews wedding vows after 72 years of marriage

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Hercules and Kathleen Hensley, center. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC Hercules and Kathleen Hensley, center. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Two Birmingham lovebirds renewed their vows Wednesday after 72 years of marriage.

Hercules Hensley, 95, and Kathleen Hensley, 89, celebrated their union with friends, family and staff at the Birmingham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Their official anniversary date is Nov. 28. Hercules says that he knew Kathleen was the one when he first met her but was afraid to ask her out.

The eventually crossed paths at jcpenney where Kathleen worked and Hercules asked her out on a date. He says "the rest is history."

Hercules says he remembers his wedding day "as if it were yesterday."

"We got married at the preacher's house and then [Hercules'] mom cooked us a Thanksgiving supper," Kathleen said.

After they married, the Hensleys moved to Mobile where they worked at Brookley Field Air Force Base during WWII. They later moved back to Birmingham where Hercules eventually opened his own machine shop in Ensley.

So what's their secret?

"Respecting one another and love. Those two together are something for live for," Hercules explained.

"I guess you could say we're thankful for all that good stuff," Kathleen said.

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