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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 24th, 2006, 2:26 pm Thread Starter
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Special thanks to WWII vets!

Please don’t forget to say “thank you”!



The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood!Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach, Fla., eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event.



He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said bitterly. At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, "Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you." Then the old soldier began to cry.



"That really got to me," Bierstock says.



Cut to today. Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die.



"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "The WW 11soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them."



The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren. "It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and OmahaBeach. "I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about them."



Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web. They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and others in Washington. Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.


Listen and watch this tribute at http://www.beforeyougo.us


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post #2 of 8 Old Jan 24th, 2006, 7:13 pm
 
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Amen! I really miss my dad, a WWII flyer.
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Don't know why this post was so offensive, but it caused someone to give me negative points.

Sorry that I offended you, perhaps you ought to spend some time thinking about the sacrifices that the WW II vets made for you so you can freely ride your LT today!

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Helluva post - my old man was a flight surgeon in the RAF during WW11 - he never ever talked about his experiences - when I was a kid, I used to get jealous - he saw it in colour, I just saw it in black & white (John Wayne, Steve McQueen etc., etc.) - he never went to parades, armistace day meetings or anything like that - just did the biz, and got on with his life. I like to think I am 'self-made', and my decadent lifestyle is down to my hard work, - what a load of rubbish - I (we) would not have any of it without the selfless actions of our parents, their peers, and all the vets (and millions who never 'made it' to being a vet) who have helped shape the world we live in now. My dad did WW11 from when he was 25 onwards - there were kids 16,17,18 onwards who were there and doing their bit. We can never thank them enough. This goes for all conflicts, regardless of which side you happen to be on.

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Great post, Chick. I think of my late dad each day. He was drafted in 1943 at age 30, even though he had a bout with polio as a kid. He served with honor in the US Army in New Guinea and the Philippines. I love you, Dad!
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Airborne Brothers !
A great many have fallen for the few.....
We should stand tall and cast our eyes upon the heavens...
For knowing those who have past are still supporting us ..from under our feet !
We are free because they fought..and won!
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amen.

my gram'pa was a german regular on the russian front.

RIP, Opa.
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Well, I gave you back your points,,,, So keep up the good work.........Regards Pete
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