KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Several communities across the east are paying tribute to our veterans this weekend.
Hundreds like Eric Cantu, gathered in Kinston Saturday to celebrate those who have fought for our country.
“As a veteran it gives me a day to rejoice that my buddies came home,” said Cantu.
He is an army veteran, and said Veteran’s Day is important for everybody. “A nation of veterans, and a future generation of veterans will be determined by how its’ country treats its’ current veterans.”
But he’s also concerned for what the future holds for men like him.
“I see people on the football field wearing helmets getting paid thousands of dollars and millions of dollars,” Cantu explained. “When I’ve got a veteran out there sitting in Afghanistan or Iraq wearing a helmet and they won’t even help him get a pair of legs, or set of eyes, or some ears, or help support his family when he is done.”
Maria Lindner knows firsthand what it’s like in a military family.
“Being married to a veteran is a wonderful life, being away when they are in service is a very hard life,” Lindner said.
Her husband Mike Lindner served in the Korean War.
Mike Lindner told 9 On Your Side, “I also speak four languages so they use me as well for interpreter.”
Both Lindner and Cantu said a veteran’s life could change with the upcoming election.
“We’re just in a terrible mess,” said Cantu.
Mike Lindner added, “They concern more about their wealth and their way of life instead of the country.”
Both hope, for future veteran’s sake that values they learned will carry on.
“Save this country and keep our freedom and enjoy one another,” said Mike Lindner.
“We have the opportunity to say, I disagree with you but, I can shake hands, be your friend, and we can walk together,” said Cantu.