First Living Guard Planting to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

On October 17, 2015, the Vimy Ridge Commemorative Tree Planting Program (VRCTP) was kicked off with the first planting of a 100-tree “Living Guard of Honour” to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The event was proudly support by the 427 (London) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association and London International Airport.

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427 (London) Wing members: Rene McKinnon (Presdient), Reg Lownie, Mary Watson

This living tribute acknowledges the 5 squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps and 1 squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service who supported the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It will serve as a windbreak to help protect the 427 Wing Association’s historic quarters and a place for appreciation day for veterans.

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Before the tree planting, brief announcements about the next phase for the VRCTP was made by Barry Sandler, our Executive Director, followed by a speech from City of London‘s Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy, a welcome message from Renee McKinnon the 427 Wing Association‘s President, and planting instructions from Paul Gagnon, our Environmental Horticulturist and Tree Advisor, and President of Tunpetti Corp.

100 maple trees were planted, using the National Award Winning Methodology of the Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program, by many of the local area Scouts and Guides.

Living Guard of Honour

Thanks to all the volunteers and partners involved in this historic planting!

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