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You've earned them; wear them with pride fellas - Bollox to the MoD!
I'll Wear my medals with pride...
...when the Telic 3 bugga turns up.
MoD - 'Brewery' and 'Pi5s up' spring to mind!
Having already read this with digust at the usual response from Whitehall Civil Service with regard to the respect due and payements made, I came accross on another site. The debt of freedom is never easily repaid. It's a bit cheesy and yes it's American because you see how we treat our guys. Take time to listen.
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, FL 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 and 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 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 and Britain gets a chance to hear it.
God Bless EVERY veteran who "preserved our way" in ALL conflicts ... and ... "THANK YOU" to those veterans who may receive this !
Click the link below to hear the song and see the pictures and then share it and send it to everyone you know!:
You know what - up to now I followed the rules, in that I have not worn the Saudi and Kuwaiti medals awarded to us by those grateful Nations after our efforts in the first Gulf War. My medal strip goes to the tailor in the next few days to have them court mounted with the rest.
The contempt shown by this government for our fighting men is so shameful, sometimes I am ashamed to call myself British.
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