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 Horticulturist Arie Vanspronsen and Waterdown
Legion Veteran officer Bob Thomas with their Vimy tree,
planted at the branch.
- Barry Gray,The Hamilton Spectator.
A two-metre sapling that is a direct descendant of the English oaks at Vimy Ridge is the only tree in Hamilton to receive heritage designation.  
While planted on the grounds of the Waterdown Legion
only in June, the Vimy Memorial Oak Tree is significant
because of its lineage.  The fenced-in sapling is one of approximately 100 oaks sent across the country to
commemorate the more than 10,000 Canadian
casualties in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  
"We're just so tickled pink to have it," said Bob
Thomas, third vice-president and veteran s' officer
at the Legion.  .  
"Hopefully it will be a memorial for many years to come for all those who fought in our area in World War I."  
The story of the trees stems from acorns collected by
Canadian soldier Leslie Miller, who survived the First
World War victory won by Canadian troops April 9 to 12,
1917.   After picking up the acorns scattered around  an oak 
tree destroyed by shelling, Miller who died in
1979 — sent them home.where they grew into a forest
 Chinese Baptist Church.
Conveniently, the Legion was planning an event in June to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
 They were able, with the help of the horticultural society,
to get the sapling in time for the event at which the tree was planted just east of the Legion's sign.
For the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge,          efforts were made to grow offspring trees by grafting
hundreds of branches from the tips of the trees to saplings
of English oaks from British Columbia.
  Thomas reached out to the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, where he had to apply for a tree, and received his approval within 24 hours.  Conveniently, the Legion was planning an event in June to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.  They were able, with the help of the horticultural society, to get the sapling in time for the event at which the tree was planted just east of the Legion's sign.For the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, efforts were made to grow offspring trees by grafting hundreds of branches from the tips of the trees to saplings of English oaks from British Columbia. The work was done at Connon Nurseries NVK in West Flamborough in 2015. 

  The work was done at Connon Nurseries NVK in West Flamborough in 2015. 

 The Flamborough Heritage Society are located at our Waterdown Library.  They have the following very interesting books for sale:

 A Look at Hamilton and Wentworth County,   ON Canada through post cards:  Hey, it’s “Made in   Canada”   $35   , Hey It's a beautiful City  $35  And   They came to East Flamborough  $20.   Carlisle Beginnings $15,   Connecting the Dots  $25       Dundas Street, Waterdown: 1793-1993  $10.               From West Flamborough’s storied past  $15.    Into The   Cauldron  $15, Millgrove through the years  $5             The Extraordinary History of Flamborough  $25, The   Mills of Waterdown  $30, The Mountsberg Heritage   $20            


  Hello: 

My name is Laura Oros and I live in Waterdown. I just want to say a little thank you for something.

 My young son Daniel bought flowers for the 2017 Remembrance Day Service and as everyone was laying a wreath he walked out of the group and chose to lay a bouquet at the little sapling for those who were at Vimy. He was amazed at the sapling and wanted to pay respect to the memory.  

 Every day we drive by and notice they have weathered the cold winter and are still there. He says it is symbolic of how those who served never gave up and battled through bloody fighting for us. So I wanted to say thank you for leaving them there, you may not have even noticed but we have seen them and feel gratitude daily.

You made a boy very happy.               

 Kindest,  Laura Oros 

  

 

  Attention Everyone!!!  

Special RED Celebration Event For Veterans,

Military and Emergency Services

HAMILTON, ONTARIO-

To honour and recognize our local veterans, military and emergency services in the community, Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion is hosting a special RED (“Remember Everyone Deployed”) Friday event on June 8, 2018 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. This event will be held in the front parking lot of the Legion, with a  special presentation scheduled at 5:00pm to say thank you and to highlight their work in the community. There will also be a barbecue with musical entertainment provided by Michael Hubley, as well as activities for children.  Waterdown Legion members Bob Thomas and Margaret Ritchie are working together with Ward 15 Flamborough Councillor Judi Partridge to host this celebration.  Many organizations have been invited to attend and participate, including the Canadian Armed Forces - 4th Canadian Division, 4th Canadian Mounted  ifles Association, Royal Canadian Navy - HMCS Star Hamilton Paramedic Services,  Archives and Heritage Flamborough, Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and many more groups from the community.   The  RED Friday initiative was founded in 2006 by Karen Kelly and Lisa Miller, two military wives with husbands deployed in Afghanistan, encouraging Canadians to wear red on Fridays as an expression of respect, appreciation and support. The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Association has joined forces with Kelly and Miller to reinvigorate and expand RED Fridays across Canada.  RED Friday has now expanded to include first responders (police, fire and ambulance) as well military.

 Please  join the community to honour and say thank you to our veterans, military and  emergency services for all their work. Everyone is encouraged to wear red in respect, appreciation and support. 

 


 

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