Melissa McMillin and Jeremy Gebhardt got married on Rockefeller Plaza on Sept. 30. (Photo from today.msnbc.msn.com)
They became high school sweethearts three years ago and today they got married live on the TODAY show! Melissa McMillin, 21, and Jeremy Gebhardt, 22, celebrated their union at Rockefeller Plaza after having won TODAY’s Modern Love Wedding competition.
But here’s the cool part: the groom applied via Skype while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan! Gebhardt is a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Most of the past three years, however, have seen the couple parted by tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Once they learned they were the couple chosen – via Facebook voting – to receive an all-expenses-paid wedding, it was up to TODAY Show viewers to decide every last detail of the wedding, from the ring to the dress to the cake. McMillan and Gebhardt didn’t mind at all. “I think they’re all gorgeous,” Gebhardt told the TODAY show audience when viewing his bride’s ring choices from Afghanistan. “Any of these would be more than I could ask for.”
Their application videos say it all: ““We have waited three long years for each other and I’ve dreamt of the day that I can finally say, ‘Hi! I’m Melissa Gebhardt,’” McMillan said. “If anyone deserves this, it should be [Melissa],” said Gebhardt, “…I can’t tell you how many tears she has cried or how many nights she has lost sleep worried about me or waiting for me to come home. I love her with all my heart.”
Join us in sending “congratulations” to this wonderful couple. You can watch the entire ceremony below!
Chef John Besh paid a visit to the Today Show this morning and gave a special shoutout to the USO and Bacardi’s 60 Second Cocktails. You already know that you can “Support the Troops with Just a Click” on Facebook, and we’re looking to reach $100,000 with your help!
Besh himself is a former Marine and knows firsthand what the USO means to Troops and their families. Check out his summertime recipe for grilled salmon and cucumbers and be sure to donate on Facebook by clicking on the image at the right!
Army Spc. Craig C. Smith, a below-the-right-knee amputee and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran recovering at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C., gets ready to throw an outlet pass down court during a wheelchair basketball practice April 13, 2010, at Walter Reed. Smith and others recovering at Walter Reed are training for the inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The games will feature Paralympic-style competitions to challenge disabled veterans and wounded active duty servicemembers. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden)
The Warrior Games are just days away! These games will bring 200 wounded Troops and veterans together for Olympic-style feats of athleticism in Colorado Springs, beginning May 10 and running through May 14.
Before the games get started, though, members of Rolling Thunder are taking a cross-country tour, raising flags over Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., and bringing those flags to the games as a way to honor all 9/11 victims. Several athletes and a member of Rolling Thunder were featured on the Today Show this morning!