At the height of World War II the U.S. turned to its wives, mothers and daughters to fill the shoes of men who left for war.
Huntington Station’s Sophie Sarro answered the call and began working the drill press at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, a true Rosie the Riveter.
And that’s where Sophie, now 98, met her husband, Sal Sarro, 88.
“She worked in the aisle on the drill press and she had to stand up to do the drill work and she wore the tightest pair of slacks and when I noticed that I said, ‘I gotta meet this girl,’” said Sal.
Before coming to Republic as an instrument specialist in 1946, Sal Sarro had served two years in the 8th Air Force, which was based in England.
Saturday, Sal helps Sophie get around town as she works to collect everything a family might need at Christmas time.
"I work for children, babies and mothers, all year for Christmas time," Sophie said. "And I make cookies like no one else makes."
For their military service back then and community service that lasted long afterward, the couple, who will be celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary in September, was honored Tuesday by the Town of Huntington during its annual Senior Recognition Day ceremony at Larkfield Manor in East Northport.
Check out the video above for a deeper look at the Huntington Station couple.