Canada Cares was written on the Thanksgiving weekend in 1988 when Bryan came to our home with a song idea to thank Canadian troops for what they do. His inspiration came from the overseas entertainment tours he participated on. We sat down, collaborated, and Bryan, Dave, and Marie wrote Canada Cares. It was not until the Yellow Ribbon Support Our Troops rallies during the Gulf War that our song gained recognition. Marie took the cassette tape to the rally being held in Oshawa and handed it over to CHOO Radio and stood back to watch. It became clear that they were listening and just a few minutes later they played Canada Cares over the loud speakers of the CHOO van. Later that evening, Dave and Marie received a phone call from CHOO asking permission to play Canada Cares over the air! Of course they said yes and then contacted Bryan to let him know. We sang Canada Cares at all the rallies held in what is now the GTA, made the news every time, and were proud to be able to sing at the big welcome home rally in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square. The video is poppies and two pictures taken at the Welcome Home Ceremony for the troops at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. The war was over and we were finally able to say yes to our son’s request to sing with us, after all, his Grampa served in WWII.