Monday, November 13, 2006

Painting a Thank You - Veteran's Day Tribute

As many of you who have been visiting my blog know, I occasionally will post a painting as a (tribute). In (previous posts) I have always been moved to paint what I feel and the idea is given life on the canvas. Today I have a tribute but in a different form.
Saturday was Veteran's Day here in the USA. I woke this morning thinking what would today's post look like if those who fought in world war two never stepped forward to say, "I'll go." I think my world would be entirely different and the art we share everyday would not be. The comparison of what I get to enjoy everyday and what they sacrificed is to wide for me to bring together in a composition. So I thought a blank screen would say to all veterns and those serving today what words and paint could not.

"Thank you to all who serve us"
painted in my heart
limitless height X limitless width

Here is the true story and(link) that got to me, and started me thinking of a Veteran's Day tribute painting.

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 speakerand 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.

Fast forward 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."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Peter, your entry got me thinking and I too want to express my thanks to the men and women who work tirelessly to preserve our treasured freedoms. Those investigative journalists who expose the truth that our government officials often try to hide, who point out that everything is not, in fact, going great, who give us the other side of the story, to them I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Without their checks and balances I believe our world would be entirely different and our nation would have no hope of recovering the greatness we once knew. I hope to be able to one day say again, "I am not only grateful, but also proud, to be an American."