Tribute at MOA Honors Couple's Love

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.

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But David died of colon cancer just three-and-a-half weeks ago.

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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.

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"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. 
 

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