Since 1971 the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia have given a Christmas tree to the people of Boston to show their appreciation for what was done 103 years ago.

It's hard to imagine, but on December 6th, 1917, in the midst of World War One, two ships collided in the Narrows by Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of the ships carried high explosives, and the huge explosion that followed killed an estimated 2000 people and injured hundreds more.  To that date it was the biggest explosion known to man, the equivalent of 5,800,000 lbs. of dynamite.

Not only did the ships blow up but buildings came down and fire consumed the area. Halifax was in turmoil.

Some 663 land miles away in the midst of a snowstorm and within 10 hours of the explosion, Bostonian's filled an entire train with doctors, nurses, volunteers and supplies and then rushed to aid the people of Halifax.  A pretty amazing feat and certainly one that is not forgotten 'til this day.

There's even a Facebook page called Tree for Boston that tracks the process of finding, cutting it down and then transporting the yearly gift.

With much celebration and many Canadians monitoring via Facebook, on Wednesday of this week the tree was loaded into a freight container in Halifax and then transported across the Gulf of Maine to Portland Harbor.

Tree for Boston Facebook page

On Thursday the tree was unloaded and then driven to Boston, where it will eventually be decorated and displayed on a small island on Boston Frog Pond, within the Boston Common.  The tree will be on display there between December 3rd and January 3rd.

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