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Photo (from the Tree for Boston Facebook page): Donors Corina Saunders and Desmond Waithe pictured with the tree on their property in Black Point, Pictou County.

On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour, causing a devastating explosion. It killed nearly 2,000 people and left hundreds injured or homeless. (You can learn more about the Halifax Explosion on the Nova Scotia Government's Archives page HERE).

Nova Scotia will never forget the support, kindness and quick response the people of Boston provided after the explosion. To say thank you, the province gives Boston the gift of a Christmas tree ever year. (Source: NS Government).

This year for Pictou County, the tree had special meaning as it was donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders from their property in Black Point, in Pictou County. 

Each year there is a special ceremony at the site of where the tree is cut, before it ventures to Halifax's Parade Square for a second celebration. From there, it continues on it's 750 kilometre journey to it's final destination in Boston Common for it's final lighting ceremony. 

You can follow the tree's journey each year via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram .