(Katya Slepian/Black Press)

VIDEO: Surrey commemorates 100 years since Vimy Ridge

The ceremony was in honour of Vimy Ridge

A tree to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was planted in Francis Park in Surrey on Thursday.

The oak tree is a direct descendent of one that was destroyed during the artillery bombardment at the battle.

“During the battle… all of the trees were destroyed,” said Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie. “On the way up, a Canadian officer named Lt. Leslie Miller picked up acorns and sent them back home to Scarborough.”

The saplings of the 10 oak trees that Miller planted on his Ontario farm were meant to be sent to France in honour of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. But that plan fell through.

“The saplings all of a sudden didn’t have a home,” said Hardie. “I heard about this so I got my hands on one and brought it here.”

Indus Media Foundation managing director Steven Purewal spoke about the sacrifice that Punjabi troops had made in both World Wars.

“In the end, more Indians than Canadians would die in World War I,” said Purewal. “What makes this history remarkable is the spirit in which these sacrifices were made. They did their duty despite the ugly discrimination the Punjabis faced.”

WATCH: Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie describes the importance of Surrey’s newest oak tree:

HAPPENING NOW: A tree planting ceremony to honour the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is taking place in Fleetwood.

Posted by Surrey Now-Leader Newspaper on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey students paint mural, paying homage to First Nations, at SkyTrain station

Artwork to showcase ‘positivity and racial inclusivity in the city’

PHOTOS: Residents showcased as ‘companion’ sculpture unveiled

Amica White Rock welcomes bronze guardian, celebrates resident talent

More than 50,000 checks: Surrey COVID-19 compliance, enforcement team’s role has ‘evolved’

Joint bylaw, RCMP team created to help with coronavirus education, support

Homemade explosives detonated in South Surrey

Police asking public for help identifying those responsible

White Rock highrise on hold after workers exhibit ‘severe’ overexposure symptoms

WorkSafeBC issued stop-work order at 1588 Johnston Rd. site on July 24

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Wings and Wheels set for weekend lift-off in Abbotsford

Fundraiser to raise money for Crystal Gala Foundation and the fight against breast cancer

Undercover video shows alleged animal abuse at Fraser Valley egg farm

One employee wearing logo of Chilliwack chicken-catching company already facing abuse charges

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

Most Read