Vimy Oaks Poetry

100 years ago poetry was an integral part of Canadian life. Everyone read poetry, most wrote it, you had to learn some in school, and poems are found in almost all the war diaries and letters. Of course, the most famous being In Flanders Fields…

The Vimy Oaks Team is reaching out to Canada’s poets for a poem to be read at the planting of the ‘repatriated’ Vimy Oaks in 2017 in France for the 100th Anniversary of the battle, and Canada’s 150th birthday. The trees represent our fallen soldiers and present Canadians who are standing on guard for democracy and freedom. They ‘say’ to the French (and other allies) that Canada answers the call. 100 years later the acorn has returned. We have not forgotten.

The theme is “Standing on Guard”.  The poem could be in English, French, or English and French. Deadline: March 15, 2016. For more info, email Patricia Sinclair of the Vimy Oaks Team at


Vimy Ridge, We Stand on Guard for Thee, Katheryn Bezaire, Windsor ON
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, Jim Dyer

Our Vimy Ridge Heroes – Connie Lee Fehr, Kingsville, ON

We Live Their Lives – Lynn Hilborn, Grafton, ON
Architects of Liberty – Candice James, New Westminster, BC
The Stand of Oak – Penn Kemp, London ON
The Vimy Oaks – Bruce Meyer, Barrie ON
The Vimy Oaks – Michael Shain, Little Current, ON
Remembrance Day – Douglas Sinclair, Toronto