Alison Ferrell with Bill Lee Eblen, her uncle, on her wedding day. (Claire Bira/Imageclairity)
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A bride in Missouri decided to get really creative and sweet with her choice of "something blue" for her wedding. She picked her 92-year-old uncle, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, wearing full dress blues, Fox News reported.
"When I first I got engaged I knew I wanted to include Uncle Bill in a special way," Alison Ferrell told Fox News. "My family always taught us to have a lot of respect for people in the armed forces. It just seemed like the perfect fit."
Bill Lee Eblen served in the Marine Corps during World War II and as if that weren't enough he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, Ferrell said.
"You don't ever forget your military experience," Eblen told People. "I just respect Alison's decision to include me in her wedding, plus it was a lot of fun!"
On the day that Alison married Matthew Ferrell, Elben wore the very recognizable U.S.M.C. Blue Dress Uniform, colloquially called "dress blues" or just "blues," his service ribbons, and a sign that read "I'm her something blue."
Elben wasn't sure he could come to the wedding in Missouri because he had pneumonia. Thankfully, he recovered in time and made the trek from his veterans' home in Illinois.
The tradition of a bride having "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" on her wedding day comes from an Old English rhyme, according to TheKnot.com.