December 6, 2016

On December 6, 1917, the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia suffered a terrible tragedy.  As explained in the Canadian Encyclopedia:

Halifax was devastated on 6 December 1917 when two ships collided in the city’s harbour, one of them a munitions ship loaded with explosives bound for the battlefields of the First World War. The result was the largest human-made explosion prior to the detonation of the first atomic bombs in 1945. The north end of Halifax was wiped out by the blast and subsequent tsunami. Nearly 2,000 people died, another 9,000 were maimed or blinded, and more than 25,000 were left without adequate shelter.

In the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, the city of Boston, MA sent support, supplies and medical personnel.  In recognition of this, the province of Nova Scotia sends Boston a Christmas Tree every year, as they did in 1918 and they have done every year since 1971.  The tree from Halifax is Boston’s official tree and is lit in Boston Commons through the holiday season.

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