Longest Married American Couple Celebrate 81st Anniversary

81 years is a hell of a long time to be married to someone, but 102-year-old John and 98-year-old Ann Betar would be the first to admit that "it isn't a lovey dovey thing for 80 years."

For some perspective: When they got married, the Golden Gate Bridge wasn't even built yet, Hitler had just come to power, and the New Deal was just getting started. Forever ago, pretty much.

"Be content with what you have and what you're doing," John Betar told younger married couples (almost every other couple in the country).

The couple had to elope to New York City to escape their small Syrian neighborhood in Connecticut, where Ann was going to be married off to a man twenty years older than her. I think their marriage is going to make it, though.

"We're always holdings hands," John reflected.

[Footage courtesy of WFSB]