Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Descendants of Vimy Ridge Oak Trees Live on in Canada, and Now France

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Descendants of Vimy Ridge Oak Trees Live on in Canada, and Now France

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Vimy oaks live on in Canada, and now France

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In April 1917, a Canadian soldier standing on a war-ravaged battlefield in France pocketed a souvenir to send back home -- a handful of acorns from a downed oak tree at Vimy Ridge.

Now, a century after the end of the First World War, oaks descended from those acorns have begun growing at parks and cenotaphs across Canada.

The Vimy oaks have made the journey back to France, where they will grow in a new centennial park beside the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

The project is possible thanks to the late Lieutenant Leslie Miller.

He gathered the acorns from the denuded site of the 1917 battle and planted them on his farm in what is now east-end Toronto.

They thrived in their new habitat, where 10 are still standing on land that now belongs to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. …

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