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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Big Year For Walkerton Legion

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

A parade will take place Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Walkerton Legion is marking a major milestone this year, it’s 90th anniversary in June.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in which 10 local veterans fought in.

To honour past and current veterans Brockton is installing permanent signs along Scott Street under the present street name with the caption “Veterans’ Way”.

Scott street crosses several main arteries in the downtown area and leads directly to the local legion.

Mayor David Inglis calls it a small gesture for the great respect and gratitude Brockton has to its current and past veterans.

As an added gesture Brockton is financing the purchase of a very special oak tree sapling, a direct descendant from a oak tree that grew at Vimy Ridge.

A Canadian soldier that fought at the battle of Vimy, brought home a pocket full of acorns from the battle field.

Those acorns were planted on Canadian soil and have since grown into beautiful oak trees.

The sapling that Brockton is purchasing is from one of the original oak trees that grew from one of the Vimy Ridge acorns.

The oak sapling will be planted at the Walkerton Cenotaph.

The Legion is also holding a parade on April 9th to mark the 100 year anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

It begins at 1:15 pm and goes from the Legion to the Cenotaph.

A special service will be held to honour the ten local soldiers whose names are remembered on the Vimy Ridge Memorial for they have no known grave.

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