For more than 40 years it's been a Christmas tradition for the Canadian province of Nova Scotia to ship one of its biggest and best Christmas trees to Boston to thank the people of Boston for the emergency assistance they provided after the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Relief from Boston was the first to arrive the day after the horrendous explosion which killed 1,900 people and wounded another 9,000. The New Englanders were also the last to leave.
This year the tree is also offered in remembrance of the suffering of Boston in last spring's Boston Marathon tragedy.
The 2013 Christmas tree is a 70-year-old, 15-metre (47-foot) white spruce donated by Mary Lou Milligan of Mill Cove, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.
On November 12, hundreds of children from local elementary schools attended the Christmas tree cutting ceremony, along with provincial government representatives, the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia and RCMP in their red serge uniforms. The tree then travelled by way of Halifax, where Nova Scotians had a chance to sign a large thank-you card for Boston.
The tree continued on its 1000-kilometre trip by flatbed truck to Boston where it will be the focal point of the annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5. The event will be televised on the ABC Boston television channel and is expected to draw a live crowd of about 30,000.Nova Scotia and the Boston Christmas Tree
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