Vimy Oak Trees Honour World War One Soldiers By Steve Desroches , @SteveDesroches
It was an honour for me to participate in a very special ceremony organized by the Barrhaven and Manotick Royal Canadian Legion branches. Through their leadership and generosity, two Vimy Oak trees were planted in the shadows of the Vimy Memorial Bridge. These trees are direct descendants of oak acorns that were transported to Canada from the scarred and bloody battle fields of Vimy ridge in 1917.
We can thank Canadian soldier Lt. Leslie H. Miller who sent home the acorns and planted them on his farm in a peaceful setting he called Vimy Oaks. Lt. Miller’s legacy lives on today through these Oak trees and reminds us our duty to remember the service and sacrifice of Vimy. The Vimy Memorial bridge is important in our daily lives for transportation and recreation. The structure however serves a higher purpose of commemoration. The spanning site is the largest tribute in Canada to the soldiers of Vimy thanks to those who have pledged to never forget.