ADELAIDE, Australia (WVEC) -- Norwood Thomas and Joyce Durrant raised glasses in a toast Sunday as they celebrated Valentine's Day.
Norwood, a World War II veteran from Virginia Beach, traveled to Australia to reunite with Joyce, his long-lost love whom he had not seen in more than 70 years.
Norwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia, where Durrant lives, last week. Joyce was waiting for him, ready for that "squeeze" Norwood promised he'd give her.
Norwood was smiling before he even saw her face.
"Here we are," Joyce greeted him. "Well, you're still vertical. Hello!"
"Let me give you a squeeze," Norwood responded.
More than seven decades have changed their faces. Wrinkles and laugh lines replace the smiles of young love, captured in photos of days gone by.
"It was a wonderful feeling to see this woman that I hadn't seen for 70 years," Norwood said. "Of course, there was a great difference in appearance, but there's a big difference in my appearance too!"
The last time Norwood and Joyce embraced like this was back in London, before the now-93-year-old parachuted into Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion.
"So long, so, so very long," Norwood whispered before kissing Joyce on the cheek.
Since then, the two have lived separate lives and have been separated by oceans. 13News Now told you the long lost lovers reconnected over Skype a few months ago.
"The great surprise was to find that she was still alive, and active and was interested in seeing me again," Norwood described.
The story touched viewers around the world. Air New Zealand, which is in the business of bringing people together, donated the plane tickets to get Norwood and his son across the globe for the reunion.
At least for the next two weeks, this could be "And they lived happily ever after..."
The fairy tale ending put the Virginia Beach vet back in the arms of the one who got away.
"I'll tell you, this to me is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me," Norwood told Joyce.
"Good!" she exclaimed through laughter. "We'll have a wonderful fortnight."
Norwood's son, Steve, has been sending 13News Now photos and videos of the journey and the reunion. Of course, we will bring you the romance of that Valentine's Day date, as well.