Via Nova Scotia Premier’s Office statement:
A special tree received a heartfelt farewell today, Nov. 16. The 45-foot white spruce is a thank-you gift to the people of Boston for their immediate support following the Halifax Explosion of 1917.
“Nova Scotia will never forget those who were lost and injured as a result of the explosion, and the support from the people of Boston,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This year’s Tree for Boston is dedicated to health-care workers, honouring both the 1917 response and those taking care of us on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thankful for the compassion and kindness shown in times of need.”
2020 marks the 103rd anniversary of the Halifax Explosion
the explosion occurred on Dec. 6, 1917 when the Norwegian vessel SS Imo collided with the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, in the Halifax Harbour
2,000 people were killed and 9,000 more were injured as a result of the explosion
the tree will be transported from Halifax to Portland, Maine, on a container vessel, then Portland to Boston, Massachusetts
Heather and Tony Sampson, who live in Dundee, Richmond Co., donated this year’s tree
the 45-foot white spruce tree is from Grande Anse, Richmond Co.
Consul Wiktowy joined @StephenMcNeil, Minister Lohnes-Croft, and folks from Eimskip shipping to bid the @TreeforBoston a safe journey by land and sea to its final destination @CityOfBoston! pic.twitter.com/XKvWt29AY0
— USConsulateHalifax (@usconshalifax) November 16, 2020
— Stephen McNeil (@StephenMcNeil) November 16, 2020
I received a heartfelt farewell today, November 16.
Due to the #COVID19 pandemic, Nova Scotia is partnering with @portofhalifax, @Eimskip and PSA Halifax to transport the tree on a container vessel: https://t.co/QC3uNrPAVH @usconshalifax #sendoff #thankful #HalifaxExplosion
— Tree for Boston (@TreeforBoston) November 16, 2020
Today, November 12, was the Tree-Cutting Ceremony at the property of Heather and Tony Sampson in Grande Anse, @Mun_Richmond.@nsccstrait @NSCCNews @NSLandsForestry #TreeforBoston #Thankful
— Tree for Boston (@TreeforBoston) November 12, 2020
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) November 20, 2015