Vimy Oaks Trees at Beechwood
After the Battle 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. He called his farm the ‘Vimy Oaks Farm’.
Today, several of the original oaks survive, and saplings have been planted across Canada, including in the Veterans Section.