Carl Dekel was featured by Fox 13 to mark the occasion of achieving the century milestone, which was celebrated on June 29 along with family and friends on the streets of Plant City, Florida.
When Dekel was contemplating his “good life” that he was living, he began to lament the present condition of the nation and the future of it.
“People don't realize what they have,” Dekel declared of the younger generation.
The Veteran of the Marine Corps then became overwhelmed by emotion.
“And now, I'm very upset. The things we've done and the things that we struggled against, along with the men who died for it It's all going to waste,” Dekel said. “Our country is going to hell in a handbasket.”
Dekel, who was a soldier in his time in the Battle of Guadalcanal, reflected on the sacrifices made by his fellow soldiers in battle during World War II, and the possibility that their efforts were wasted because the country they fought for was not the same now.
“We don't have the same nation we were in when I was growing up. No one will ever have the chance like I did,” Dekel said. “That's the reason they fought for. This isn't the cause we did battle for.”
In a moment of sadness over the current condition of the nation, the Marine Corps veteran beamed up in his remarks about how life is “beautiful.”
“You simply need to remember that everything is beautiful and live each day to the maximum. Enjoy everything you can,” he said.