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Published on Sunday, November 5, 2017

Mayor leads plantings of Vimy Oaks

The first of several Vimy Oaks planted in Oakville during Remembrance Day ceremonies

Mayor leads plantings of Vimy Oaks
Photo by Graham Paine/Metroland
Ceremonial planting of one of two Vimy Oak trees at the conclusion of the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 486 Bronte, Remembrance Day service Chris Vokes Memorial Park.Royal Canadian Legion Branch 114 President Steve Thomas tosses a shovel of dirt as (L-R) Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, MP John Oliver, Halton Region Chair Gary Carr, RCL Branch 486 President Fred Norman and Ontario Labour Minister MPP Kevin Flynn await their turn. The saplings grown from the descendants of acorns collected at Vimy Ridge, are now being planted at Remembrance Day services including at the conclusion of the Bronte, Remembrance Day service in Chris Vokes Memorial Park.
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The Town of Oakville planted a Vimy Oak tree at the conclusion of today’s Remembrance Day service in Bronte at Chris Vokes Memorial Park.

The trees are significant as their lineage traces back to the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge, which saw Canadian soldiers wrestle the strategic position away from the German defenders.

Following the victory, Leslie Miller of Milliken, Ont., was looking around the devastated ridge for a souvenir and discovered an Oak tree, half buried by the heavy shelling during the battle.

He gathered up a handful of acorns and sent them home to Canada where his family planted them on farmland, which is now home to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church.

Miller called his property the Vimy Oaks Farm.

Today, descendants of those acorns are available to plant in public spaces in Canada to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Town of Oakville is participating in this program.

The stewards of the Vimy Oaks had initially planned to see the saplings planted at Vimy Ridge, which is now devoid of trees. The Government of France, however, quashed this idea out of fear the trees may carry pathogens that could devastate the French tree population.

The donations from the Vimy Oaks sales will be used to support the creation of the Vimy Centennial Park, which will be located adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in Northern France.

Other Vimy Oaks will be planted at the two more locations after their Remembrance Day ceremonies.

•George’s Square Cenotaph - Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

•Trafalgar Memorial - Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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