A Tribute To All WWII Veterans

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Gordhawk, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

    I had this sent to me in an email from one of my friends. After reading it and listening to it,I wanted to share with all of my Brothers and Sisters. Make sure your speakers are on and turned up,and you might want to have a box of tissues handy.ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!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 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.<BR><BR>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&#65533;II soldiers are now dying at the rate
    of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank

    The song is striking a chord. Within four days of
    Bierstock placing it on the Web, t he 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 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 ge ts a chance to hear it.

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

    Before You Go

  2. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

    I thought this was a worthwhile thread to start,but I guess I was wrong. Sorry,I'll try to select a more important topic next time I start a thread.

  3. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

    Its a good topic, I seen this someplace else just recently. Hard to believe a WWII vet is still working. Got to be 80 years old by now. Also hard to believe a WWII vet would make that statement. Its not the kind of stuff I read in VFW magazine.
  4. jim

    jim New Member

    Jacksonville NC
    Thanks ,my dad fought in WWll, North Africa,Sicily and Italy and then Korea.He passed away quietly in his sleep almost 2 years ago and is buried in Arlington.He was always my Idol and role model.He also started me fishing which was what he did for relaxation.No man ever replaced him as my hero!
  5. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

    Georgetown IN
    To me its worthwhile was on last evening had alot going on around the house.Thanks for the post my grandfathers are Korean Vets and i have thanked for their service.My dad is a Vietnam vet and I have thanked him also.
    Why some people are only patriotic on holidays is beyond me.Right now I am putting together a care package for brother hilljack.Why cause I care and think the guys in uniform deserve more respect than it seems they get.So sounding off with a BIG THANK YOU to all servicemen/vets.
  6. cathooked

    cathooked New Member

    north carolina
    as a vet myself,i thank all vetrans i meet,wwII an nam vets,im a belever in all gave some,and some gave all,i salute all vetrans,and thank you from the bottom of my heart!! And God be with the ones that never came home...
  7. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

    My father also fought in WWII. I also had 2 uncles that also served during WWII. I was just curious to see how many WWII Veterans we had here on the BOC. I know what you mean about your father being your hero,as my father was also my hero. He also taught me how to fish,and like you say he was always my idol and role model. I have alot of people tell me that you are just like your dad,and believe me that is a huge compliment to me,but I'm not near the man he was because I never served in WWII to secure our freedom!
  8. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

    Blacklick, Ohio
    Glenn if you have served at all you have secured our freedom, Im not trying to be mean. You are a hero to some of us.
  9. bumper

    bumper New Member

    WW II was the most significant conflict in world history, and it's outcome was the most influential on our way of life. Both of my Grandfathers served during WW II, one in the Pacific and one in Europe. My Paw Paw on my dad's side is the man who got me started catfishing. We fished a neighbors lake about every other day during the summer days my brother and I were there. He also introduced me to river fishing, which is the catfishing I love most. His birthday was the day after mine and we always celebrated together. He died a little over 17 years ago but the memories and his influence are fresh in my mind. My other Grandpa is still alive and doing well right now. I'm sure just about everyone here has had their life touched by a WW II Vet. I would like to thank everyone who has ever served and those who are currently are serving our Country.
  10. Wil

    Wil New Member

    Minden Nebraska
    brought a tear to my eye brother, thanks a lot reps to u.