Its a great cause, but it too bad the song is only mediocre.

Song for soldiers unites country stars
A benefit song for fallen Canadian soldiers and their families began rolling out on radio last week and is available on iTunes Tuesday.
The cream of Canada’s country music industry got together in Edmonton this September to record the song, with artists such as Aaron Pritchett, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive, Beverly Mahood and Christ Thorsteinson of Doc Walker featured on the song Standing Strong and True (For Tomorrow).
The accompanying video features more than 25 country artists, who ducked into a studio to record the song while they were in town for the Canadian Country Music Awards.
Interspersed with footage of the artists are images of military men and women from CFB Edmonton. The Naden Band of Maritime Forces band plays at the beginning and at the end of the song.
The project is the culmination of a frantic two months for Vernon, B.C., entrepreneur Barry Stecyk and Fabian Dawson, deputy editor of the Province newspaper in Vancouver.
Stecyk, founder of HevyD’s Kettle Korn, had long dreamed of recording a song to benefit military families, similar to Canada for Haiti. He called the project We Salute Our Heroes.
“We wanted a song that was uplifting and had a sense of patriotism, but also most importantly reflect the message that we as Canadians honour our soldiers,” said Dawson, who helped him with the project.
They considered three songs, but ended up with one based on music Ron Irving had created for the 70th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. Vancouver songwriter Lynda McKillip and Tom McKillip, who is also music director for the CCMAs, wrote the lyrics.
Then they sent out word to country artists through record label EMI. So many responded that not everyone could get into the studio or participate in the video, Dawson said.
“We cut the base track in Vancouver and … sent it out to the artists to practise it. Then when they all came to the CCMAs in Edmonton, the studio there was donated and they all came in one after another,” he said. The final choral section was shot in a hall in downtown Edmonton.
“Our issue when we shot the video was to show the artists singing,” he said, adding that they rejected the idea of using combat footage from Afghanistan.
“We didn’t want to glorify the war aspect of it. It was more to show the sacrifice these guys were making and show some of them รณ who they were,” Dawson said.
The next stage of the project is a website featuring more military-themed songs from the country artists involved, and some from artists who didn’t make it into the Edmonton recording.
There also will be a message board on the website where fans can leave a posting or dedicate a song to a Canadian soldier. That website goes live Nov. 1.
All proceeds from sale of the song goes to The Military Families Fund, which directly assists military families by providing support in their time of need, and to Boomer’s Legacy, a charity for Afghans living in the valleys and villages where Canadian troops operate.