Proud Canadian Soldier

Proud Canadian Soldier

September 28, 2005 16:07 ET

A Tribute to Freedom's Heroes

Soldier Artists Create Musical Poppy Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 28, 2005) - The federal government named 2005 Canada's Year of the Veteran.

This spring, two retired soldiers, songwriter Jay Anthony Willis and singer Jill Younghusband formed a partnership with Captain Brian Greenwood and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band to create a musical poppy, Proud Canadian Soldier, to commemorate Canada's Year of the Veteran.

Mr. Willis was inspired to write Proud Canadian Soldier in 1999 after attending a Remembrance Day ceremony at the National Monument in Ottawa. He found the right voice to sing it when he met Jill Younghusband in 2004. The final element was added when Captain Greenwood asked for permission to write an arrangement after hearing Ms. Younghusband and Mr. Willis perform the song.

At every live performance of Proud Canadian Soldier by Ms. Younghusband and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band the response is positive, emotional and personal.

Now, a recorded version of Proud Canadian Soldier is available for free download on a website created by LIAP Media, Inc. at

We hope that Proud Canadian Soldier will inspire Canadians to demonstrate their gratitude to Canada's veterans. The website includes suggestions about how Canadians and especially students, teachers and parents can show their gratitude.

We ask Canada's media to join our partnership. Inform the public about the website, play the Proud Canadian Soldier song, especially on Remembrance Day and publish short articles by students (see students tab on website).
/For further information: Larry Anderson
780-431-8811 IN: DEFENCE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Larry Anderson, President, LIAP Media, Inc.
    Primary Phone: 780-431-8811