A tribute to our warriors of the past....

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Tellico00, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. Tellico00

    Tellico00 New Member

    Collierville, T

    (Read this and then click the link below)

    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, FL 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

    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 and 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 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 had
    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. They were 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.

    God Bless EVERY veteran and THANK YOU to those of you veterans who may receive this!

    Click the link below to hear the song and see the pictures. Then
    share it with everyone you know.

    Click here:

    Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Blues Band

  2. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

    Greer, SC
    Pat Chaney
    That is truly wonderful!!! Made me think of my father, who served in the Pacific during WWII. Like others, he did not speak much about his experiences. He was a machine-gunner, and once when I was a young boy I asked him if he ever killed anyone during the war. His response was "I never stopped to look, because they were too busy trying to kill me". I didn't know it then, but when I got older (and after he had died) I realized that he suffered from depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from that war. So to all veterans, current members of our armed forces, and your families - THANK YOU for your sacrifices on our behalf. :0a31:

  3. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

    Thanks Mike.
    That hit home with me.
    My father was a WW2 vet and I see many around me and I never take the time to say anything. You can bet I will from now on.
    I should have known . Since I am a vet from another war.
  4. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

    Wilson's Mills,nc
    Mike Great post bro!
    5 stars!
  5. vini

    vini New Member

    I was at a friends house yesterday for super bowl party and noticed a gold leaf text appreciation letter(awesome looking) from the Armed forces signed by this president, my friends Dad passed away last year and they sent it to the family after his death.

    His dad used to talk some about his experience i don't think he saw alot of action but he really enjoyed that time of his life and was very proud, especially having come from Mexico in his youth he was a proud proud American and a wonderful man i missed not seeing him yesterday:sad: .
  6. vini

    vini New Member

    THAT was a Wonderful tribute........
  7. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    My Great Uncle was MIA in the Pacific during WWII in the Phillipines. A friend of mines dad was an MP in the Pacific during WWII also.

    That was wonderful. Thank you.

  8. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

    South of Dallas
    Mike, That was an excellent post, Sir. Makes me want to go say Thanks to a buddies Dad that served in WWII, I've known this man my whole life and have never said "Thanks" to him. I will make it a point to get by there and see him.
    I'd like to say "Thank You, Sir" to any and all Brothers & Sisters who have served or are serving now. It's because of YOU that we have the freedom we have !
  9. Tellico00

    Tellico00 New Member

    Collierville, T
    I agree with you Tod and all of the prior posts. When I received the email this afternoon it really hit home and I wanted to share. I have never said Thank you to my Dad or Uncles who all served in WW II, moreover the time to do so is limited. That was taken care of this afternoon.

    I would also like to say Thank You to all that have served in time of peace or war.