Our Annual Corn Roast & BBQ held August 12, 2017 

 

 

 

 

Donna Green would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make our Annual BBQ & Corn Roast a success by  donating their time, efforts and products.  To everyone a very big “Thank You”. 

10th Anniversary of the  Waterdown 551 Fiddlers

 held July 20, 2017 

 

 

 100 Anniversary of Vimy Ridge Celebration

Held at the Legion June 16, 2017 

 

 

 

 A special thanks to all members of our Branch who volunteered to help at our event to mark the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge.  The groups that articipated had an enjoyable afternoon and evening and many members of our community have a better understanding of our WW I Military History.We  also planted a Vimy Oak Tree.

 The following is a brief history covering the heritage of these trees.  The Battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France, 9    April 1917, is considered to be one of  the defining events in the history of our nation.  Where Allied troops had struggled and failed, the Canadians overcame great odds and eventually captured the Ridge at a cost of some 10,600 casualties.  After the battle, Lieutenant Leslie Miller   of Scarborough, Ontario gathered up a handful of acorns from a  partially buried English oak on the Ridge.  He sent the acorns home to is family with instructions to plant them.

In 1919 Lieutenant Miller returned, was given a 25 acre section of his father’s Scarborough  farm and transplanted the oaks along the borders of his woodlot.  He named his farm “The Vimy Oaks”. Today, a number of these majestic oaks are thriving in the same but smaller woodlot under the close care of Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church that    purchased the farm property in 2002.  In January 2014, a group of volunteers, the “Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation”, decided to repatriate offspring of these descendant oaks back to Vimy Ridge, whose oak trees had all been destroyed in the First World War.  These Vimy Oak saplings    will be planted in the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site, as part of centennial  commemorations in France in 2017 and 2018.

The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation made some of these saplings available for sale to qualifying organizations to honour the soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge and other battles during the First World War and we are proud to have one.

Thanks again to all who made this a very special and meaningful event.  Branch Executive

Winners of the Literary and Poster Contests 2017

held May 17th and hosted by Laura Filman (Youth Ed Chairman and Bob Thomas 3rd Vice, Service Officer) 

 

 


 


Branch Honour & Awards & Ladies Auxiliary 60th Birthday Celebration Oct. 29, 2016

 

Our Veterans 2016

Danny Vaughan 45 years 

 James Attridge - 45 year pin


 

 

 

  

 

  

  

    

  


 

 

 

  John Kaspar- 45 yrs 

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