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When my Mom Passed on a few years back I pulled down from the rafter in my garage the temporary wooden grave marker of my great uncle John Firman Ashe who was killed, along with his best friend at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1916. I donated it to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and made my way to France to be the first of his family to visit his grave. When I heard of the Vimy Oak restoration project i was compelled to get involved as a bit of an intermediary, helping those who wanted trees to plant in NB and PEI to access them. We planted 60 in 2017. Moments of my life I will treasure.
The sale of those trees in Canada are to cover costs of construction of the Centennial Park at Vimy Ridge, where the oaks will finally be repatriated 102 years later. After cycling 400km throughout eastern PEI and visiting some of those oaks, and planting a few more in late sept, I will fly to belguim where I will cycle another 600km visiting Ypres, Passchendaele and other Great war sites in Flanders, winding up in France at Vimy, planting an oak seedling from Canada is a small Elementary School. Please follow me on facebook and shoot me some encouraging words and if you are inclined, donate to the Alzheimer's Sociey by clicking the link above.