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Georgian unveils plaque for Vimy Oak planted at Barrie Campus

The plaque commemorates the 100th anniversary of the battle

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place over a century ago, but the event is still considered one of the most defining moments in Canada’s history.

On May 16, Georgian unveiled a plaque at a Vimy Oak sapling planted last fall at the Barrie Campus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle. 

Georgian’s Office of the Registrar spearheaded the planting, through the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that promotes the legacy of Canadians who fought in the First World War. Vimy Oak trees are descended from acorns brought back from the site of the historic battle.

Georgian staff donated the funds to plant the tree. Georgian hopes to ensure the legacy of Canada’s contribution at Vimy Ridge continues to be recognized for years to come.

Georgian President and CEO extended her appreciation to the staff who initiated the project and noted the tree and plaque, along with the Georgian Cenotaph, will be a daily reminder of the sacrifice and contributions of those who have served and those who continue to serve our country.

“Dedicated men and women like our friends at Base Borden remind us their work has enabled the great lives we lead” said West-Moynes. In partnership our staff and the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation honour the legacy of those who gave their lives at battles like Vimy Ridge each day. We have a responsibility as community members and Canadian citizens to remember their bravery and the personal sacrifice of all soldiers and thank them for the freedom we enjoy.”

Several members from Canadian Forces Base Borden attended the ceremony. Col. Andrew Atherton, who recently took command of the base, spoke about the significance of the Vimy Ridge battle to the Canadian military.

Indigenous Elder Ernestine Baldwin blessed the tree and gave a short teaching.