To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the many Canadians who fought and died in that battle, a unique ceremony was held this morning at the Guelph Legion.
A special “Vimy Oak tree” was planted on the legion grounds.
Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield was on hand for the event. Longfield says the tree is just a sapling, standing about six feet tall.
After the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, Lieutenant Leslie Miller of Scarborough, serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, gathered up a handful acorns from a partially buried English Oak on the Ridge. He sent the acorns back to Canada with instructions to plant them. Today, a number of these Oaks are thriving in a woodlot in Scarborough. The legion’s new oak was grown from an acorn from one of those trees.
The tree is a gift to Canada from the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation. The corporation offers Vimy Oak saplings grown in Canada to qualifying organizations to be planted at commemorative sites throughout the country to honour soldier who fought at Vimy and other First World War battles.