Operation Happily Ever After supports troops

November 10, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
Wayne and Angie Eggleston's son Chris was murdered in Fayetteville 13-years-ago. The 16-year-old Westover High School student was killed by fellow students, and Fayetteville's military community searched non-stop until they found his body buried behind the school.

"Bill Gorman walked up to us and said they're calling you over to the school. And you need to go now," recalled Wayne Eggleston.

A Special Operations soldier found Chris' body in a shallow grave. But, the Eggleston's grief was tempered by the goodwill of those who helped find their son.

"We can never really fully repay them, but we photograph a lot of weddings and work with a lot of wedding professionals here on the Grand Strand. And Angie woke up one morning she said 'Why don't we just give away a wedding?'"

The Egglestons have a successful photography business near Myrtle Beach. They take lots of pictures of military personal getting married during the happiest times of their lives.

Now, they plan to help one military couple do it for free. And it's not just any wedding. The gift will include $38,000 worth of wedding, reception, rings, pictures, gowns, tuxedos - the whole nine yards.

They call it Operation Happily Ever After.

"The bride goes to the website and she registers and she sends all of her friends, family, co-workers - you name it - to the website and they all vote. Now, each vote does cost a dollar," explained Angie Eggleston.

The money that's collected for the votes goes to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

"Which is another fund that has been set up for military service members that are returning from deployment that have brain injuries," Angie explained.

It's a mother and father's way of saying thanks to so many who wear the uniform and make a difference in our lives every day.

To sign up for the free wedding, go to http://operationhappilyeverafter.org/

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