|Published:||Nov 11, 2012 11:21 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 12, 2012 12:14 AM EST|
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Veteran's Day was the perfect opportunity for a US Marine and his bride to tie the knot at the Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach.
Sargent Sonny Isaac and his Wife Nicole had a free destination wedding thanks to Operation Open Arms of Southwest Florida, an organization dedicated to providing vacations and weddings to military servicemen.
"It is very special to us, for one it's Veteran's Day and the groom just retired from the military services and their dream is always to have a beach wedding," said wedding coordinator Dony Lubig.
"I love it, it's a great way to say thank you to our military. They are keeping us safe and this is a great way to support them and show them that we do care," she said.
The Michigan couple said their dream wedding was made possible by Operation Open Arms. But after 99 weddings donated to servicemen and women, this will be the last time anyone says "I do."
"Since their funds are low due to low donations, this will be the last wedding we will be able to provide," said Lubig.
Although the bride and groom say they are honored to be the last recipients, they hope the community of Southwest Florida keeps the charity alive.
"I really wish that it could go on to be a charity to help other service members out that can't afford something like this," said Sargent Sonny Isaac.
Operation Open Arms was founded in 2005 and in that time they've provided nearly 2,000 US troops with various forms of charity.
To help keep the charity alive, you can donate at http://operationopenarms.org/