Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Commemorates a Friendship Formed from a Tragedy 100 Years Ago

Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Commemorates a Friendship Born from a Tragedy 100 Years Ago: Since 1971, the people of Halifax Nova Scotia have been gifting a Christmas Tree to the people of Boston as a token of appreciation and gratitude for an act of kindness, care and compassion that took place 100 years ago. On December 6, 1917, the city of Halifax was devastated and decimated by an explosion which originated on the deck of a ship, the Mont Blanc, carrying 2,500 tons of explosives while inside Halifax harbor. The immense explosion leveled the city, left 2,000 citizens dead and thousands more homeless and in need of medical attention. Historians say, up until the atomic bomb of 1945, the Halifax explosion was the most powerful man-made explosion of its time. When the call for help and aid went out over the telegraph, the people of Boston, travelling 700 miles by train, were some of the first to answer. And, years later, their response, specifically the care and compassion of the doctors from Boston, has never been forgotten. Said one historian from Halifax, “Nova Scotia started in 1971 to send a Christmas tree to Boston because they were our ‘first responders,’ they were the outside, organized medical relief. They set up the actual hospitals in Halifax to help the 9,000 injured people. Survivors said they survived in Halifax on the food and goods sent from United States and the tree is our thank you to the principal city (Boston) that started the efforts to get relief to Halifax.” Last night, on November 30, 2017, during what has become an annual tradition, the lighting of the Halifax Christmas Tree on Boston Common, Chief Gross took a photo in front of the tree surrounded by first responders from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Said Chief Gross, “It was a humbling experience. Everyone of them wanted us to know that the people of Halifax have never forgotten and remain forever grateful to our city for a good deed done 100 years ago.”