Before You Go

Discussion in 'Remembering' started by knewheart, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    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. "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 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
    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 gets a chance to hear it.


    GOD BLESS every 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:



    Before You Go
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  2. DonaldN

    DonaldN New Member

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    Tom,
    Thanks for sending this one to us. I've forwarded it to my entire e-address list. And I've already ordered the Vietnam Vet version from their web page.

    This song would make a great gift to say "Thank You" to any veteran.

    Thanks,
    DonaldN
    Semepr Fi
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    That was awesome! Don, how do you get to the site for VietNam vets?Hey!!!! Thanks to ALL of you guys.You deserve Thanks that you certainly didn't recieve.
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  4. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    Gloria

    Simply click on the link to purchase the CDs - you will see a Vietnam version of the song available to purchase.

    Tom
  5. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    Hi everyone

    I am currently in Bradenton, Florida where I and my 2 sons own a sign shop. Today, an elderly gentleman came into the store wearing a baseball style cap which simply stated "World War II Vet".

    I took this moment to thank him for his service to our great country. I think this set him back some, even if only for a moment. He looked me in the eye and thanked me.

    We then chatted for a while before he left the store. Seems he was a fighter pilot in the Pacific during that great war. He said he was personally grateful to Harry Truman for dropping the bomb on Japan. I learnd that he was to be part of the force preparing to invade Japan.

    Please thank all WWII vets you run across in your daily lives for their great sacrifices. None of us would be enjoying our liberty and freedom today if it weren't for these brave men.

    Honor them, and you honor this country.

    knewheart
  6. CEDAR FALLS

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    One word AWSOME !!!!
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    Facing The Wall New Member

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    One word Awesome Is Correct. I received the Vietnam Veteran version CD yesterday. The words, music and pictures on the CD/DVD covers all the emotions of the Veterans and their families. It moved me so much so today I ordered a copy of the World War II/Korea and another Vietnam Veteran one to donate it to our local Veterans Home ~ I hope the Thank You will mean a lot to them.
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  8. knewheart

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    A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to USAA and recommended that USAA do an article on World War II vets. I also sent them the link to the song "Before You Go" which I have posted here on Veterans Resources. The magazine is a publication sent to all USAA members (active duty, reserve, retired, etc,) Today, I received the following reply:

    "Thank you for your letter referencing USAA Magazine and sharing the song "Before You Go" with us. It is a fitting tribute to our older veterans.

    As you are aware, the magazine features members and organizations within its pages that are noteworthy for their extraordinary support of our military and their communities. We feel sharing these stories are an important part of the magazine and, as such, are always looking for potential ones. I have shared your information with the magazine staff to consider for future use.

    I have also shared it with our military communications group as they, too, may be interested in it.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story -- hearing from our members always helps us produce a better publication."



    Help spread the word!
    knewheart
  9. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    Maybe you missed the link to the Vietnam version of the song, "Go In Peace". I did, so I am guessing others may have missed it as well. Open the link (to WWII version)

    Before You Go


    and look to the right side of the page. And there it is, the tribute to the Vietnam vets....free and just as heartwarming as the original WWII/Korean Vet version.
    Check it out and enjoy!
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    "Before You Go" to be Performed at the Vietnam War Memorial
    Dr. Sam and John Melnick have been invited to Perform "Before You Go" for National Celebration of Veteran's Day, 2009 at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.

    With the massive response and support for spreading "Before You Go's" message of thanks to our aging veterans (now more than 20 million downloads), the song's authors Dr. Sam Bierstock and John Melnick have received the honor of being asked to perform their song on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2009 in Washington DC at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. "John and I consider this to be an enormous honor", Dr. Sam says proudly. "We have actually lost the ability to track how many times our song has been played, but we know that even after 4 years, it is played between 1,500 and as many as 40,000 times every day. As we loss more and more of our WWII, and Korean War veterans to age and time, we are enormously proud to know that our message has reached so many of them and their families. We have taken special pride in our new release dedicated to the veterans of Vietnam and see it as a counter-balance to the painful reception so many of them returned to after putting their lives on the line for our country."

    (Thanks, Don)
  11. Guarango

    Guarango New Member

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    Exelent piece of music. Great honour to all veterans. May those of us whom are still here remain for many years to come. And when we go, may God have a special place for us to meet again and drink a few cold beers and swap a few lies.
    Thanks Knewheart
    Frank
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  12. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    Frank

    The first round is on me. I play this song often and
    I still get moved to tears each time.

    New subject:
    HBO is running a special mini-series on tv called "The Pacific"..it is about
    the marines and their battles during WWII on tiny islands whose name are hard
    to pronounce, or to remember (except maybe Iwo Jima). If you
    haven't tuned in to see what it is all about, it is on HBO on Sunday
    evenings. I think the 9th segment is schedule for Sunday, May 9th.
    The series is produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks (both of
    "Saving Private Ryan" fame. The series is very dramatic, and
    the battle scenes too realistic, but you are spellbound and you can't
    turn your eyes away. It's a keeper, just like Band of Brothers!
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    YouTube - If I die before you wake - Dustin Evans
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