February 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Dial A Wedding

Compiled From Wire Services

Ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough. Ain’t no phone bill large enough to keep Kristine Rich from marrying her man on Valentine’s Day.

So she did just that Tuesday morning, in a small, quick ceremony in a Fort Carson chapel. The groom, Staff Sgt. John Rich, is on a six-month deployment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They wed via AT&T.;”We weren’t going to let 2,000 miles keep us from getting married on Valentine’s Day,” Kristine Rich said an hour after the ceremony.

But getting everything ready to make the ceremony legal wasn’t easy. Proxy weddings are few and far between. In fact, chaplain Maj. Thomas Day had never performed one before.

“It’s not the preferred way, but I guess it’ll do,” he said.

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