Vimy Oaks Legacy Tree

Vimy Oaks Legacy Tree (HM2MFX)

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N 44° 37.599', W 75° 56.984'

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This oak tree is a descendant from the few acorns gathered after the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Canadian soldier Lt. Leslie Miller. Not a single oak tree remained standing in the aftermath of the shelling. This tree, a descendant of one of those acorns, is one of the trees planted across Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of this historic Canadian victory. It stands as a living memorial to all Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War including the eleven Athens soldiers killed and memorialized on the nearby stone cairn.
After a sendoff at the Athens train station the soldiers departed for Halifax then sailed to Europe. They found the battlefields of France scarred with huge bomb craters and strewn with the dead and dying. The weather was atrocious and in the trenches the soldiers stood in cold mud and water, in constant fear of mustard or chlorine gas attacks. The smell of death hung in the air. After 4 days the innovative strategy and ferocity of the four Canadian divisions prevailed, marking a pivotal moment in Canada's coming of age as a nation.

[Main photo caption reads]
On their way to war, dust rises as part of the
156th Battalion marches proudly through Athens, c1916
[Inset photo captions read]
· Vimy Oak sapling (Quercus robur) planted September 24, 2017

· Canadian soldiers prepare for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1917
Year Placed2018
Placed ByAthens Garden Club, Athens and Area Heritage Society, and the Township of Athens
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Date Added Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 424661 N 4941915
Decimal Degrees44.62665000, -75.94973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.599', W 75° 56.984'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 35.94" N, 75° 56' 59.04" W
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