The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place more than a century ago, but the event is still considered one of the defining moments in Canada’s history.

On May 16, Georgian College unveiled a plaque at a Vimy Oak sapling planted last fall at the Barrie campus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle. Georgian’s office of the registrar spearheaded the planting, through the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that promotes the legacy of Canadians who fought in the First World War. Vimy oak trees are descended from acorns brought back from the site of the historic battle.

Georgian staff donated the funds to plant the tree hoping to ensure the legacy of Canada’s contribution at Vimy Ridge continues to be recognized for years to come.

“Dedicated men and women like our friends at Base Borden remind us their work has enabled the great lives we lead,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes. “In partnership with our staff and the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, we honour the legacy of those who gave their lives at battles like Vimy Ridge each day. We have a responsibility as community members and Canadian citizens to remember their bravery and the personal sacrifice of all soldiers and thank them for the freedom we enjoy.”

Photo: MaryLynn West-Moynes (left), Georgian College president and CEO, and Kristy Watson, of the college office of the registrar, unveil a plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.