Boston tree gets big sendoff
Tree commemorating Halifax Explosion aid leaves city hall for Massachusetts
November 18, 2014, 5:56 PM ADT
Last updated November 18, 2014, 8:07 PM ADT
“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.