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Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy

 
 
Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2018
1. Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy Marker
Inscription.

A chance for them to say
what they cannot:__________.

 
Location. 44° 53.857′ N, 76° 1.268′ W. Marker is in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Marker is on Beckwith Street South (Provincial Highway 15), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Veterans' Memorial Park, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 2A8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Commemorate the Opening of the Rideau Canal 1832 (a few steps from this marker); War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Wood's Mill / Moulin Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); Beckwith Street and Bridge / La rue Beckwith et le pont (within shouting distance of this marker); HMCS Smiths Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Club Swimming Pool Stone / La pierre de la piscine du club Rotary (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads of the Rideau / À la croisée des chemins (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Combined Locks (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smiths Falls.
 
Regarding Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy. From the Vimy Foundation website:

"After the Battle
Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy Marker and a Vimy Oak Descendant image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2018
2. Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy Marker and a Vimy Oak Descendant
of Vimy Ridge was won, many soldiers realized that they had been part of something truly great. Leslie Miller, born in 1889 in Milliken, ON, looked around for a souvenir on the Ridge. It was completely devoid of structures or vegetation due to shell fire but he did find a half buried oak tree. He gathered up a handful of acorns.


Those acorns were subsequently planted by him on farmland in Scarborough, ON, which is now home to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. He called his farm the ‘Vimy Oaks Farm’. Today, several of the original oaks survive. However, there are no original oaks on the Vimy Ridge site.
 
Also see . . .
1. Vimy Oaks. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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