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Blog entry by Bagtown posted 11-13-2012 07:42 PM 1942 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In December of 1917, World War I was raging in europe.
On December the 6th at 9:04 AM, two ships collided in Halifax harbour.
The resulting explosion was the largest man made explosion in history until the US used nuclear weaponry in Japan.
Thousand of people were killed, and about a fifth of the city was leveled.
Here's a little history of what happened.

Money came in from around the world to help the citizens of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The people of Nova Scotia sent a Christmas tree to Boston in 1918 to thank them for their selfless donation of money and volunteers.

In 1971, the province of Nova Scotia revived this tradition and ever since, have sent a very large Christmas tree to the city of Boston to be used in Boston Common as the city’s Christmas tree.
Every year people offer trees on their property to be chosen as the tree. They don’t send just any old tree however. There’s a selection process.

Here’s a link to this years lucky Nova Scotian, who is donating a 57 foot tall 70 year old tree from his property.

95 years after the explosion, and people still remember it.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#1 posted 11-13-2012 08:07 PM

seems theres still hope and its alive there ,thanks Mike great post ,i try to learn some thing every day no matter how small r large this knowledge is its just a something i do most days i got this today, thanks for sharing. i know you are thinking dang and hes still not the sharpest plane on the shelf :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 09:38 PM

That’s a great piece of history Mike, enjoyed the post.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 11-13-2012 11:35 PM

Great Post Mike.
Recently, I was researching when they would be lighting the tree in the Boston Common this year. They mentioned the Halifax “Thanks” connection, but didn’t go into the details…
I probably wouldn’t have lost sleep over it, but I’m glad when even the smallest of loose ends are tied up!
Thanks for the Story.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 11:52 PM

Hi Mike,
Glad you brought this tradition to light. Being your neighbour 25 miles away, and promising each other we would get together for your Saturday Markets, I will say it again, we gotta do it. Great post, I saw the tree being cut on our local TV channel today, sure was a big un. My wife had relatives in Halifax at the time of the explosion.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#5 posted 11-14-2012 12:15 AM

Mike I watched an in depth special on that terrible explosion. There was no mention of this. Thanks for tell the rest of the story.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 11-14-2012 02:20 AM

Great story Mike…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 11-14-2012 02:58 AM

Great story, great lesson…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 11-14-2012 03:10 AM

good people in tough times

seems like they always come through

great tradition

thanks mike

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 11-14-2012 12:12 PM

Great post Mike!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 11-14-2012 03:09 PM

What a story, and what wonderful hope.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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