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Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 10:26 a.m.

Ypsilanti man proposes on Valentine's Day - on live TV

By Staff

An Ypsilanti man and his girlfriend appeared on cable TV on Valentine's Day as part of a salute to the troops—but he added an extra twist when he proposed marriage as part of the appearance.

David Butzin, himself an Air Force 1st lieutenant, and Rosaly Aponte went on the HLN network (formerly CNN's Headline News) as part of a "Salute the Troops" project; both have relatives in the military.

But after making their statements of support, Butzin pulled out a ring box and got down on one knee.

Watch the full appearance—including Aponte's answer—here:



Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

Congrats David and Rosaly hope you all have a long and happy marriage

David Butzin

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 8:17 p.m.

Thanks for the post! This was a truly amazing experience for Rosaly and myself!


Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 7:50 p.m.

Guys? The rank is "1st Lieutenant," not "Lieutenant First Class."

Jim Knight

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 7:58 p.m.

seldon: Nice catch. We fixed his rank.