While celebrating his 100th birthday, a veteran who served in World War II lamented the current state of the country.

Carl Spurlin Dekel broke down in tears when he told Fox 13 that his fellow soldiers did not die in the war for what America has now purportedly become.

The things we did and the things we fought for have gone down the drain because people don't realize what they have. Dekel said that the country is going to hell.

He attributes his longevity, happiness and good health to his appreciation for the small things.

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He said that he believes that everything is beautiful. If I woke up in the morning and saw the plants and the flowers, it would be beautiful.

While the native of Lakeland, Florida takes pride in all he has received, his memories of his friends in the Marines who he lost in the war bring him to tears.

Dekel claimed that they didn't have the country they had when he was a child. Everyone will not have fun with me. Nobody will be able to take advantage of it. The thing is not the same. That's not what our boys died for.

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The majority of the population believes that the country is in a bad state according to a survey published in January.

The study shows that 21 percent of Americans are satisfied with how things are going in the country. A majority of the public view the country's current economic situation in a negative light, according to a study.

Mass shootings, hate incidents and other crimes are all rising in the U.S.

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Dekle said in an interview that he wanted the young kids to know that freedom comes with a heavy price. It isn't given to people because of their good works. You have to fight and sometimes die for it.

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