Frank and Carmen Hernandez celebrated their 70th anniversary Saturday, April 7, with a dinner reception at the Inn at the Commons given by their six children — Victoria Lopez, Medford; Christine Valladao, Medford; Steve Hernandez, Medford; Mark Hernandez, Medford; Sylvia Nickell, San Antonio; Dan Hernandez, San Antonio.
Frank and Carmen met after WWII at a dance in San Francisco. Frank had returned from the war in Europe after taking part in the Normandy landing, the Battle of the Bulge and being captured in Germany. After Frank and Carmen married April 4, 1948, they lived in San Francisco and Menlo Park until Frank retired in the mid-1980s from his kitchen remodeling and cabinet business in Redwood City, California.
Frank and Carmen moved to Rogue River after Frank retired, and they lived there for 20 years, in a home Frank built. While in Rogue River they were involved in the Catholic charismatic movement. In 2005 they moved to Medford to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Frank was the grand marshal of the Central Point 4th of July parade in 2013 due to his service in WWII and as a POW in Germany. He later served as one of two grand marshals for the Veterans Day parade in Medford in 2015.
Frank and Carmen still go dancing once a week in Medford. Although Frank is 92 and Carmen is 89, they can still swing around the dance floor.
Frank and Carmen have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with another on the way.