The bridesmaids wore red-and-blue dresses. The bride carried a red, white and blue bouquet and the groom -- in full military dress -- saluted the flag as relatives sang "The Star-Spangled Banner.” Shawna Sumner [a 2005 graduate of Anderson University] and Anthony Rush stood in the shadows of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Downtown Indianapolis on Monday -- exchanging vows on the most patriotic day of the year -- while a lone yellow rose lay on a wooden table in memory of fallen troops. And it all started with a few e-mails. For about six months in 2003, Shawna and Anthony exchanged e-mails while he was serving in Iraq with the Army's 101st Airborne Division. (photo credit: Amber Sigman, The Indianapolis Star)
Although she enjoyed their conversations, she swore she wasn't interested in him romantically. "The first time I met him in person, I said I'd never date him," Sumner said. But Monday afternoon, the two tied the knot on Monument Circle in a red, white and blue wedding, fitting for both America's birthday and a soldier's wedding.
They met in 2003, when Spc. Promotable Anthony Rush, formerly of Indianapolis, was stationed in Iraq as a medic. Sumner, a Martinsville native who was then a student at Anderson University, joined a group that adopted soldiers, sending them letters and care packages. Rush was one of the soldiers assigned to her. Shawna accompanied Angela Lanning, Anthony's mother, to meet him when he arrived Jan. 26, 2004, at Fort Campbell. Despite her initial hesitancy, he soon melted her heart
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---Writer Rebecca Neal is a reporter for the Indianapolis Star