in the CSC "Inspirational
Tribute to WWII Veterans
Thanked You Less Than You Deserved
you Go in Peace!!!
link is at the very bottom to hear the song and see the
elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood!
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
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,"
- - Cut to today - - -
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
"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
The song is striking a chord. Within
four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web...
song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine
countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from
veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren.
made me cry," wrote one veteran's son.
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 .
can never thank them enough," the son wrote.
you for thinking about them."
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.!
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
and THANK you to those of you veterans
who may receive this !
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