Pine Belt veterans share their thoughts on importance of Fourth of July

Pine Belt veterans share their thoughts on importance of Fourth of July

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Some Pine Belt veterans are speaking about the importance of the Fourth of July holiday.

"It means independence, the 4th of July means everybody is free," said Billy Lee of Petal, a resident at the State Veterans Home in Collins who served in World War Two.

"The 4th of July means a lot to me," said Charles Parker, another resident of the State Veterans Home who was in the U.S. Navy. "And I salute my fellow military people, the ladies and gentlemen that served before me and that are in harm's way now," he said.

"Even if I am sitting at home just taking it easy, I'm at least free," said Richard G. "Dick" Simmons, a retired brigadier general who served in the U.S. Army. "I can do what I want, in a lot of countries, most countries, you can't do that," he said.

"Well, the 4th of July means everything to this country," said Charles Kroen, a resident of the State Veterans Home who served as a combat engineer in World War Two. "Without what happened back (during the American Revolution), what would we be, we'd probably be a nation with nothing," he said.