Boston tree gets big sendoff

Tree commemorating Halifax Explosion aid leaves city hall for Massachusetts

The 13-metre tree is hard to miss. Photo: Deborah Oomen
High-fives going around before the ceremony begins. Photo: Deborah Oomen
Mayor Mike Savage looking out-of-place in his suit and tie. Photo: Deborah Oomen
The sun made an appearance just in time for the ceremony. Photo: Deborah Oomen
Premier Stephen McNeil. Photo: Deborah Oomen
Receiving a blessing. Photo: Deborah Oomen
The Stanfields performing. Photo: Deborah Oomen
Leaving names and words of gratitude to accompany the tree to Boston. Photo: Deborah Oomen
A wreath-maker was on site to show how to make your own wreaths. Photo: Deborah Oomen
East Coast Carolling Company spreading holiday spirit. Photo: Deborah Oomen
Woman holds part of the trunk from the 2012 tree for Boston. Photo: Deborah Oomen
High security to escort the tree through Halifax. Photo: Deborah Oomen

“Nova Scotia proud. Boston strong,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. Halifax is sending its friends in Boston a 13-metre white spruce tree from Antigonish County. The 55-year-old tree is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor who passed away last month.

A crowd of all ages gathered in the Grand Parade to send off the tree and say thanks once again for the help from Boston after the Halifax Explosion of 1917. This marked the 43rd year of the tradition.

“This does remind me a little of a cabinet meeting,” McNeil joked as he motioned to the many children in the front of the crowd.

The send-off was complete with carollers, hot apple cider, a performance from The Stanfields and a blessing from First Nations Elder Knockwood.

The tree is to arrive in Boston on Nov. 21. In the meantime you can follow the journey on Twitter @TreeForBoston.




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