WWII veteran cries while reflecting on the current state of America

A video has gone viral of a World War II veteran crying over the current state of America, Fox News reports. 

The video can be seen here.

The World War II veteran is Carl Spurlin Dekel. The Florida resident just turned 100 years old on June 29, and many family and friends gathered in celebration.

Deke’s service

Reflecting on his 100 years on this earth, Dekel told the interviewers, “[The] most important thing in my life was serving my country.” “I don’t think I could take away from that,” he added.

Dekel went to battle in September of 1940. He recalled, “they shipped me straight out to Guantánamo, which was a Navy base, and put me in a machine gun company.”

“We were scared all the time,” Dekel said. “I don’t care what anybody says. We were vulnerable all the time, since Pearl Harbor, particularly.”

Nonetheless, Dekel went on to say that, to this day, he doesn’t have any regrets about his service. In fact, he made it clear that he would absolutely do it again.

“It was an honor for me to serve my country, and if I had to do it again and I was the same age, I would do it. I guarantee you,” Dekel said.

“It’s all gone”

At one point during the interview, in particular, Dekel got emotional, and it was while reflecting on the current state of affairs here in America.

“People don’t realize what they have,” Dekel said. “The things we did and the things we fought for and the boys that died for it, it’s all gone down the drain.”

Dekel continued:

We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all. Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same and that’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for.

It sure is something to think about as we celebrate Independence Day this weekend. One could argue that the reason we are in the mess that we are now in is that people failed to realize the importance of the sort of things that Dekel in this interview discusses.

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