Why Nova Scotia Sends Boston its Best Christmas Tree Every Year: How Boston Helped Save Halifax

Every year at this time the province of Nova Scotia spends $180,000 to send Boston the province’s best Christmas tree, which they light in Boston Common, the nation’s oldest public park. Why do they do it? Because a century ago, Boston sent two trains, two ships, 100 doctors, 300 nurses, and a million dollars of supplies to save Halifax and its 9,000 wounded after the worst manmade explosion the world had ever seen.

“Why,” one Nova Scotian asked, “do we have to stop saying ‘Thank you!’?”

Here’s the excerpt from The Great Halifax Explosion in the Boston Globe. Hope you enjoy it!



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