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    Veterans Day Tribute

    I thought this was fitting for the day: DON"T FORGET TO CLICK ON THE LINK TO HEAR THE SONG

    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 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 Click here to hear the song, 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

    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 gets a chance to hear it.

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    No doubt, thank you vets!

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    To all who have served this great country, Thank You. :salute:
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    Re: Veterans Day Tribute

    Thanks to all the vets, past and present and to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice

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    Always in our thoughts

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    Thank you Veterans for making the greatest sacrifice of all
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    My favorite holiday!

    Thank you to all my fellow brothers and sisters who served in the greatest brotherhood!

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    Thank You to all the vets both in the U.S.A. and Canada...we have the best life and opportunity thanks to your ulitimate sacrifices. If we can only be as brave as all of you have been if the need ever arises.
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    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    My favorite holiday!

    Thank you to all my fellow brothers and sisters who served in the greatest brotherhood!

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    Rambo! :lol: How long were you in the army ultra?

    Thank you to all the veterans who served.

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    Once again, thanks to all who served and who serve today!

    Special thanks to these two tough old (and still kickin') WWII vets who I have had the great pleasure of knowing in this life:

    Jack Barnes
    Hank Durda

    Keep telling those stories!!!
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    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    My favorite holiday!

    Thank you to all my fellow brothers and sisters who served in the greatest brotherhood!

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    Nice picture

    I dressed up as a troop member and went paintballing on halloween

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