A Douglas fir in Surrey that stood for a century as a memorial to Canadians felled in World War One has itself fallen.
“Charlie’s Tree” was dedicated to fallen fighters in 1919 by pilot Charlie Perkins, and has been maintained by the local legion for decades.
Charlie’s nephew Len Cook tells Global News the spot was a place of peace for years.
“During the winters we used to go out there, there was a pond down in behind the tree that we used to ice skate on. And during the summer we’d go out there and have family get-togethers.”
Former caretaker Roy Knotts tells Global News the collapse is a loss to the community.
“You know, it was a part of history, and a part of Charlie’s life, and the family’s life. And it’s fairly sad.”
The tree, which stood by the side of Highway One, actually had a part in the freeway’s route.
During construction, Perkins stood guard over the tree, forcing crews to bend the road around it.