The war brought them together, and years later it's love that reunites them. A Tri-State Marine Corps veteran ties the knot today in Evansville where he is joined by his six groomsmen, all Marine Corps veterans. They fought together, now they stand together again. The bride and groom have known each other since they were kids. They say it's a special bond, but add there's another bond at the alter.
"Today I got to marry my absolute best friend," says Sarah Nunning. At most weddings all eyes are usually on the bride and groom, but at this ceremony it's the six groomsmen at the alter that makes this one so unique. "You get a group of guys like this that have been to war together, done the things that we've done, it's something special," says local Marine Corps veteran, Michael Nunning. He says "I do" to his bride Sarah Vessel Saturday at Evansville's West side library, but not without these six men at his side. All Marines who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We are all so fortunate to have them back here," says Dawn Nunning, mother of the groom. Nunning knows this is one wedding for the books, having all seven men together, off the battlefield. "It's an extremely happy event for these guys to come together again," says Nunning.
Julian Sanchez says it's a brotherhood between the men. In uniform or tuxedo, they will always have each other's backs. "He pretty much raised me from being a young Marine, to what I am now," says Sanchez. Among the groomsmen, Todd Nicely, the infamous Marine who lost all four limbs in Afghanistan. "The bond that you have between these guys is just something that you'll never be able to take away from us," says Nicely. The rings are exchanged, the pictures are taken, Rolling Thunder even escorts the wedding party downtown. While these old friends celebrate, one thing is still on their minds. "There's still people fighting the war out there, so it's just a celebration. Try and not forget about those guys as well." From the outside many would see a wedding with a bride and groom, and some of their closest friends, but to those who know the whole story, bravery and honor are at the alter on this day.
The wedding party also got the chance to take part in a special candle light vigil held at the Four Freedoms Monument in Evansville.