18.12.05

Before you go

This is what I thought was a remarkable site sent to me by a U.S Marine retired and when I saw it it reminded me a little of my past in WW11. Memories Turn up your audio volume please. I was just a child of course and living in the UK and saw many of American soldiers mainly in the convoys awaiting to go across the English channel for D Day June 6th 1944; few returned in one piece either. 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. 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 soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them." "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 Vets a chance to hear it. One should think long and hard about this when thinking about the American Patriot act in MHO as we have similar laws in Australia (I left the UK and became an Aussie)and whilst they come under close scrutiny they have not yet been abused and I doubt the Patriot act in the USA will either; MHO again of course. We owe all military a debt that can never ever be repayed and in the two world wars a lot of them were volunteers one should never forget that ever, remember the price of liberty is eternal vigilance

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