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Campbell River resident pays tribute to veterans through song

A retired RCMP officer now living in Campbell River is channelling his passion for song for Remembrance Day.

Graham Neville originally wrote the song “The King and the Men at Their Sides” in 2014 to honour his grandparents. However, he says it was only in pieces until he came to Campbell River and met more musicians.

“When I started doing it, it was to be honouring all the veterans and not just the ones who have passed and the ones who died in battle, it’s all the veterans,” said Neville. “They all deserve to be remembered and thought of, not just on Nov. 11.”

Neville adds he hopes to reach more generations, and pass on the purpose of Remembrance Day and history.

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“Our generation is probably the last generation with direct contact to those two wars, from grandfathers to fathers to me, and there’s not a lot of World War II veterans left,” said Neville.

“It’s really written to get maybe more of the young generation who I think sometimes don’t consider everything they have and how they got it.”

Neville adds he wants to pay tribute to those before him and keep history alive.

The song and its video can be found here. 

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