By 2Lt Suzanne Nogue, CFSU(O) Public Affairs
As a way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimgy Ridge, a tree planting ceremony took place at the Hylands Golf Club on 10 November. The ceremony, which included the unveiling of a new area and the planting of the tree, was attended by serving members, members of the Hylands Golf Club, as well as LCol Ian Pedley (Commandant Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre representing CFSU(O)) and guest of honour BGen Louis Meloche, Director General Defence Security.
“The Battle of Vimy was a great moment in Canadian history, and I find it great that Hylands Golf Club is part of this legacy with the symbolic oak tree,” said BGen Louis Meloche, who is also a Hylands Member and Canadian Armed Forces Patron of Golf.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9-12, 1917, is considered one of the defining moments in Canadian history. One of the soldiers who fought during this Battle was Canadian Leslie Miller, who amidst the destruction on the battlefield, gathered a handful of acorns from an English oak tree and sent them home to his family as a remembrance. Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation provided the sampling, a descendant of one of the acorns sent home by Miller during the Battle. Matt Clitheroe, General Manager of Hylands Golf Club, Perry Beausoleil, Hylands Superintendent and Perry Mellway, Hylands Director of Greens, acquired one of the saplings and designed an area for the planting of the Vimy Oak tree.
“I am so pleased that [club member] Al Grice introduced us to the Vimy Oaks Foundation and we were able to properly commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge,” said Matt Clitheroe. “It will be a great centerpiece at Hylands Golf Club for many years to come,” he added.
The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the repatriation of the offspring of the original oak trees that once stood on Vimy Ridge. For more information, https://vimyoakslegacy.ca/en/ .
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