A Nova Scotia tradition that recalls how New England residents came to the aid of Halifax after a massive explosion ripped through the city 100 years ago is underway today. On December 6th, 1917, two ships collided in the city’s harbour, one of them was a munitions ship loaded with explosives bound for the battlefields of the First World War. Each year the province cuts down an enormous Christmas tree and sends it to Boston as an act of gratitude for sending a trainload of volunteers and supplies to assist thousands of injured and homeless Haligonians in that damaged city.
The 100th anniversary tree is a 45-year-old, 16-metre white spruce from Blues Mills, about 38 kms from Baddeck in Cape Breton. The tree was cut down by community college students and loaded onto a Department of Transportation flatbed. It’ll make a stop in Halifax before beginning its journey to Boston. Boston’s mayor will be joined by members of the RCMP on November 30th for a tree-lighting ceremony on the Boston Commons, in which 7,000 lights are turned on.
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