LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Americans across the United States are celebrating Independence Day this weekend but one local veteran knows that freedom doesn’t come free.
Terry Vellion served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years.
This holiday, he is asking America to really think about the word freedom.
“This Fourth of July is a good time, especially with the election coming up, for people to really evaluate what freedom means to them,” said Vellion, “In what parts of your life are you free? are you free at work? or what is your definition of freedom?”
Being deployed overseas, Veillon said seeing the problems other countries face opened his eyes to how lucky America has it.
“Going to another country and seeing all of the poverty stricken areas, the lack of technology, the underprivileged, makes you more grateful for the things that we have in the United States,” said Veillon, “It’s a blessing, really, to be able to walk the streets and not have to wear specific clothing, I’m free to worship at any specific church that I chose, the ability to just sit in front of you and have a conversation about anything that we please, that is freedom; and that is something that is extremely valuable and should never have a price put on it.”
Veillon wants people to remember the sacrifice others have made for the freedom of this country.
“We need to respect the fact that other men and women have died for us to be able to celebrate this Fourth of July.”