As our nation celebrates its 238th birthday, we've learned the hard way, time and again, that freedom isn't free. Just ask Jerry Weed, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day and spent Independence Day 1944 helping liberate France.
Weed, who's 95 now, jumped into France with the 82nd Airborne Division. He says today that he can't remember what he did yesterday, but he remembers every detail of June 6, 1944.
Just like so many men and women who joined the military with a desire to defend their country after 9/11, the same was true with the Greatest Generation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
"That was Sunday afternoon that he found out and Monday he quit his job and went down and joined the Army," Jerry's son Bill said.
Bill doesn't claim his dad Jerry is perfect but he will tell you but he is a hero. After D-Day, Jerry participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. He received two Bronze Stars and was wounded twice in combat.
70 years after Jerry jumped into France, his son wanted to make sure his dedication as an Army paratrooper and a father never goes unnoticed.