2017 Oak Sapling Ceremony
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of “The Battle of Vimy Ridge” the West Kildonan Legion and the West Kildonan Horticultural Society jointly held a “Vimy Ridge Oak Sapling planting Ceremony” at the Seven Oaks Arboretum at Leila and Andrews. The oak sapling planted in the ceremony descended from the oaks at Vimy Ridge in northern France. The battle at Vimy Ridge is considered one of our defining events in history, where allied troops, British & French struggled and failed. Canada overcame great odds and captured the ridge!
In the course of the battle, nearly every oak tree in the area had been destroyed. A Canadian soldier who survived, gathered acorns and sent them home to be planted on his farm in Ontario! The oak sapling planted in the ceremony is descended from the acorns and trees that now exist on this farm!
Attending the ceremony were; President Robert Watling West Kildonan Legion and the Branch Colour Party center photo, photo on the right from R to L; President Jim Tomko WK Horticultural Society, MaryAnn Mihychuk MP, Nic Curry MLA, Ross Eadie City Councillor and David Norquay Sargeant at Arms. The ceremony was also attended by Members and Executive of the Horticultural Society and the Legion, the John Travers Cornwall VC. Sea Cadets and residents of the Seven Oaks Community, R. Nowak photographer and news media CKY TV! All were invited to the Branch after the ceremony for cake and tea. The Branch extends a special thank you to Shawna Harkness-Thompson co-chairperson, West Kildonan Horticultural Society for coordinating the event and to all who attended the special ceremony!
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