Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Link to Listen Too

> This is the best tribute I have ever seen. After > you read the email, click on the last blue email > address and listen to the music as the slide show > plays. The words to the song are on each slide and > it will cause goose bumps. We do forget to say > thanks and this is a great way. Enjoy! > > > > 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. "Every ethnic minority would be > dead. And the WWII 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 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, > Bataanand 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 > Houstonfor a Veterans Day tribute - this after just > a few days on the Web. They hope every veteran in > Americagets a chance to hear it. > > Click on the website below: > > > > > > > > > >

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