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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Before You Go - Thank You....

A Friend of mine sent this to my email yesterday....Please take the time to read it and be sure to click the website at the made my day...

Please read to the end and then click on the website -- this is fabulous!

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 e vent.

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 II soldiers are now dying at th e 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 Omaha Beach . '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 Gre e nwood 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 e very vet eran in America gets a chance to hear it.

GOD BLESS every EVERY veteran...
and THANK you to those of you veterans who may receive this !



Luann said...

I have seen that before--it's very powerful. Thanks for putting it somewhere easy for me to see again.

Kathy Mom said...

I have never seen this--it is fabulous!! Such a great tribute to our Veterans.
I'm so proud of our Daddies; serving in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Not many vets have gone through all 3 wars. What wonderful men our Dads were.

Kathy said...

Kathy and Luann...
Thanks for your comments. I cried (duh!) when I read this. It is so true that we need to thank them before they are all gone. Im glad I got to thank my daddy before he left...When I see these old guys with hats that say Korean War Vet etc I always talk to them alittle and thank them.

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