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WWII heroes speak out about voting and our political leaders

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WWII veterans from the ArkLaTex recently visited the U.S. Capitol as well as war memorials in Washington, DC. WWII veterans from the ArkLaTex recently visited the U.S. Capitol as well as war memorials in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSLA) -

For 93-year old Willis Andrews of Marion, Louisiana, a recent trip to Washington, DC, brought politics close to home. He and 24 other Ark-La-Tex World War II veterans have one hope, whoever is elected President Tuesday, need to work together and fix what's broken.

"I pray for our leaders to have the knowledge to do the things that's right whichever group gets in," said Andrews.

These veterans say in order to move the country forward, there needs to be accountability. They say Americans should demand it.

"While I was sitting there looking I said such a beautiful place here these people are and we criticize them and I still do and I guess I always will," said veteran Bill Wardlaw, of Sibley.

As Wardlaw stood at the House Speaker's balcony overlooking preparations for the next inauguration, he reflected on the tremendous contributions his generation made for this country. He said he hopes our political leaders begin to work closer to bring our country together.

"I was telling these young fellas down there I said look we've done our part. You all take care of this country because we've done our part. We've done all we can do," said Wardlaw.

Every one of these veterans who served in that costly battle back then, want to make sure our country shines again. To do that, they say more Americans must get involved so that their sacrifices they made long ago were not in vain.

And it starts with getting out and voting. A new Gallup Poll suggests that voting in Tuesday's election could be as low if not lower than in 2008.

"One vote does count. All of our votes count, so everybody should get out there and register and vote their belief," said Wardlaw.

Milton Pearce, another WWII veteran, is thinking more about pocket book issues as our country has taken on a staggering debt.

"They're spending too much money without having money," said Pearce who suggested that political leaders balance the budget like the rest of us have to do with our own checkbooks.

We're losing this generation of veterans, They are a group of humble and proud and brave individuals who answered the call so that we could be here today. The least we could do is listen.

And if we don't, we run the risk of losing something that should be considered valuable to all of us.

"Freedom isn't free you know you pay for it," said Wardlaw.

 

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