'Morning Edition' Listeners Share 'Love Lock' Stories Hundreds of thousands of "love locks" were removed from a Paris bridge. Officials say the bridge can no longer handle the locks' weight. We asked listeners to share memories of love on the bridge.
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'Morning Edition' Listeners Share 'Love Lock' Stories

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'Morning Edition' Listeners Share 'Love Lock' Stories

'Morning Edition' Listeners Share 'Love Lock' Stories

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

And now a story of love and loss in Paris. That's where hundreds of thousands of love locks - actual padlocks - were removed this week from the Pont des Arts Bridge.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

City officials say the bridge can no longer handle the weight of the love locks - all 45 tons of them. Their fate is not yet decided.

SHAPIRO: In the meantime, we asked our followers on social media to share their memories of love on the bridge.

STEPHANIE SCHULER: We were in Paris.

JUSTIN GREY: We decided to commemorate our love by putting a lock up.

BECKY TANGER: He presented me a lock with our names on it.

SCHULER: We saw it, and we both decided we had to leave a lock.

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GREY: As is tradition, we wrote our names on the lock, a heart with an arrow through it, and we secured it to the bridge.

SCHULER: It seemed like such a tangible way to add our little piece to something that seemed so hopeful.

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LYNNAE DULEY: I was in Paris for the first time alone since my divorce, so when I found myself on the bridge, I wrote my own name on a lock. And then I felt bad for adding trash to that bridge.

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MICHAEL COX: My wife always loved Paris and never got to go. Three days after she died of brain cancer, I wandered across this bridge, and I saw the love locks, and I found two Czechoslovakian hippies, bought them a bottle of wine, and they etched love you eternally Lindy Bullock, RIP and her death date. And I locked my ring on the bridge.

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SCHULER: We took very meticulous, detailed photos of where we left our lock because we thought that maybe someday we could go back and even show our kids this piece of our honeymoon.

GREY: Last year, I revisited the bridge, and with great difficulty, I found our lock.

COX: I thought it would forever be there, so I'm super sad that they're taking these down.

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SHAPIRO: That was Michael Cox along with Justin Grey, Stephanie Schuler, Lynnae Duley and Becky Tanger sharing some stories of leaving love locks on a Paris bridge.

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