We literally breathe the breath of freedom because of the soldiers like Lieutenant Leslie Miller. The acorns he collected in France and planted on his Scarborough farm 100 years ago, will have descendants planted across the country, marking militarily significant sites like the Guild Inn. Last week, descendants of those acorns were repatriated to Vimy as a living memorial for the fallen. It was a good day for both Scarborough and Canada.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a deeply meaningful event in the First World War. That battle lasted four days, from April 9 to April 12, 1917 and involved more than 15,000 Canadians. Taking Hill 45 from the enemy, where the Vimy Memorial stands now, came at a great cost – 3,598 brave Canadians were killed and 7,000 wounded. The Vimy Memorial, on land that France dedicated as Canadian soil, stands as a poignant reminder of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers killed in France with no known graves.