Carl Spurlin Dekel fought the good fight overseas, protecting our freedoms in World War II nearly 80 years ago.
Dekel spent his 100th birthday on June 29th, a feat we all hope we can achieve one day.
Although the man was excited to celebrate 100 years of life, it came with a heavy heart, as he admitted his frustration and sadness in regards of the current state of the country he fought for.
He told FOX13:
“People don’t realize what they have… the things we did and the things we fought for and the boys that died for it, it’s all gone down the drain.
Our country is going to hell in a handbasket.”
Dekel is a Silver Star recipient, and his birthday wasn’t all sadness, as he was incredibly thankful for his good health and long life span.
“I sincerely believe in this whole world, that everything is beautiful. If I wake up in the morning and see these plants out here… and all those flowers that are in there, and the green grass on the ground, that’s beautiful.”
A native of Lakeland, Florida, he took time to reflect on his memories of fighting overseas, and the brothers he lost along the way while serving in the Marines. It was enough to bring him to tears:
“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.”
According to Next Shark,a survey by the Pew Research Center backs up Dekel’s feelings, as it shows that only 21% of Americans are satisfied with the current state of the country, with a whopping 78% dissatisfied, while also adding that the majority of the country views the economy negatively.
Needless to say, I think we can all take something from the former WWII Marine, and it can give us all a different perspective in one way or another.