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WATCH: Paradise Tragedy Turns Into Surprise Proposal From Once-Perpetual Bachelor

The worst of times can quite literally change your entire outlook on life.



When Lukas Schnoor, 27, and Cassie Oxley, 24, first began dating eight months ago, Schnoor made his ideas for their future pretty bluntly known. No ring, no kids.

“When we first got together he said, ‘I never want to get married, I don’t want to have kids,’” Cassie shared with KATU2. “He was a super bachelor.”

Schnoor lived in a simple 1,000 square foot “bachelor pad” in Paradise, California, but something unique and wonderful about Oxley must have prompted him to invite her to move in just a few months ago.

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Plenty of events have unfolded since then, however, including the violent Camp Fire that ravaged over 150,000 acres and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, including Schnoor and Oxley’s.

But, when the deadly wildfire took their home, it drew this sweet couple even closer together.

“This fire in the last 30 days [has created] more growth between us with the stress and tension,” Lukas said to KATU. “We’ve had each other to fall back on.”

So, at the site of their home, on the steps Schnoor says he eagerly waited to climb to see her each day, he said goodbye to his bachelor life and hello to his future wife.

“On that ominous day of November 8 I reached and prayed to god for the first time in a long long time,” Lukas said of the terrifying wildfire in a Facebook post.

“I told him I had no place to ask for favors but that I knew Cassie’s [sic] love and faith in him, I asked him [for her] to find the strength to make it back to me,” he continued. “I promised him if she made it back in my arms that his job is complete and I will take care of her for the rest of my life.

“[The proposal] meant more because of what we’d just gone through,” Cassie tearfully recalled to KATU. “I couldn’t imagine a day without him anymore.”

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.



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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.




Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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