Vimy Oaks Legacy Tree
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.
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On their way to war,
156th Battalion marches proudly through Athens, c1916
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• Vimy Oak sapling (Quercus robur) planted September 24, 2017
• Canadian soldiers prepare for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1917
Erected 2018 by Athens Garden Club, Athens and Area Heritage Society, and the Township of Athens.
Location. 44° 37.599′ N, 75° 56.984′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Memorial is on Main Street (County Highway 5) just east of Victoria Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker and oak are in Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens, Ontario K0E 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Immigrants From Quarrier Homes Scotland 1923 (a few steps from this marker); 100 Acre Farm and Log Buildings circa 1700 (a few steps from this marker); Main Street of Athens Looking East (within shouting distance of this marker); First World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brockville & Westport Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Murals (within shouting distance
Also see . . .
1. Vimy legacy grows in Athens (The Observer, 2018). (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Vimy Oaks. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.