June 13, 2018 07:23 PM
One couple's eternal love is being celebrated in a new tribute now in place at the Mall of America.
A plaque was installed in the mall's carousel Wednesday, marking what would have been David and Elizabeth Weinlick's 20th wedding anniversary.
On June 13, 1998, Dave + Bethy Weinlick began one of life’s greatest love stories here at MOA. Today, as we celebrate Dave’s life after his recent passing, we dedicate a part of the Carousel in @NickUniverse to the Weinlicks for helping remind us of what true love really means. pic.twitter.com/LKtQnq0KHM— Mall of America (@mallofamerica) June 13, 2018
But David died of colon cancer just three-and-a-half weeks ago.
The couple were married at the mall in 1998 after a whirlwind courtship that lasted just two hours.
David jokingly told relatives and friends he would be married June 13, 1998 — even though he didn't have a bride in mind. Friends and family helped Weinlick as the date approached, shooting a commercial and placing advertisements. They eventually narrowed the field to two dozen women.
Elizabeth Runze, known as Bethy, stood out because she was willing to work on a relationship.
The carousel was chosen as the spot for the tribute because Elizabeth said that is where the couple went immediately after exchanging their vows 20 years ago.
"I think it just represents the fun of life that Dave had," she said.
The mall will also donate $1 to the Angel Foundation - an organization that provides financial assistance to families battling cancer - for each of the first 2,000 riders on the carousel.
Updated: June 13, 2018 07:23 PM
Created: June 13, 2018 03:32 PM
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