On July 9, 1942, just after graduating high school, Severine Kelly was visiting her grandparents in Carlsbad. While walking to the beach with a girlfriend, an Army truck pulled over at the corner of Highway 101 and Beech Avenue. Enlisted man Wayne Wright stuck up a conversation with the young ladies.
On July 9, 2009, Mrs. Severine Wright sat on that same corner where she met her husband 67 years ago. Severine and her daughter have honored Wayne’s memory by sitting on that same corner each year since he passed away in 2004.
For over two hours on Thursday, Severine celebrated that chance meeting by displaying photos and sharing her story with cars stopped at the traffic light, bicyclists, and pedestrians. She received a lot of thumbs up, blown kisses, and good words.
The Wrights were married in 1945 after World War II came to an end. During the war, Wayne was stationed at an Army post in Carlsbad. His assignment was to watch for potential Japanese attackers that may come by sea. “He used to tell everyone the Japanese didn’t get through him,” said Severine.