Pur­chase a Vimy Oak sapling

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

Jim Eglin­ski, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Yel­low­head, is pleased to in­form con­stituents of an op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for a Vimy Oak sapling.

Af­ter the fight­ing in Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge, Lieu­tenant Les­lie Miller of Scar­bor­ough, On­tario gath­ered acorns from an oak tree on the ridge and sent them home to Canada to be planted on his farm. To­day, 10 of th­ese trees ex­ist on The Vimy Oaks wood­lot owned by the Scar­bor­ough Chi­nese Bap­tist Church.

The Vimy Oaks Legacy Cor­po­ra­tion, a vol­un­teer non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, has part­nered with the church and the Vimy Foun­da­tion to repa­tri­ate over 100 saplings that are di­rect de­scen­dants of the Scar­bor­ough Vimy Oaks wood­lot to France as part of cen­ten­nial com­mem­o­ra­tions. The trees will hon­our the mem­ory and legacy of Cana­di­ans who fought in the First World War.

Cur­rently, a lim­ited num­ber of sur­plus trees are avail­able for sale to be planted at com­mem­o­ra­tive sites through­out Canada. Royal Cana­dian Le­gions, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, schools and other qual­i­fy­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions may ap­ply to pur­chase a tree for $125 plus freight and HST. Ap­pli­cants must be will­ing to main­tain the sapling(s) for at least 3 years. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be as­sessed based on suit­abil­ity of pro­posed plant­ing site and as­sur­ance of on­go­ing care.

“With Re­mem­brance Day ap­proach­ing, this is a wor­thy cause that I urge lo­cal Le­gions and other qual­i­fy­ing groups to con­sider ap­ply­ing for,” stated MP Eglin­ski.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to find an ap­pli­ca­tion form, please visit: https://vimyoak­sle­gacy.ca/en/buy-a-vimy-oak/ . Ques­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions can be di­rected to VimyOak­sCanada@rogers.com

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