Nova Scotians had the opportunity to wish the Nova Scotia tree for Boston safe travels while enjoying a live musical performance by The Stanfields Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Halifax's Parade.
Every year Nova Scotia donates a tree to the people of Boston to say thank you for their help in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
This year's tree is donated by John and Ethel MacPherson of Purlbrook, Antigonish Co., and is the forty-third tree Nova Scotia has sent to Boston since the tradition began in 1971.
"This year's Tree for Boston will be dedicated to a special man who celebrated this special tradition for 20 years," said Premier McNeil. "On behalf of all Nova Scotians we proudly dedicate this year's tree to the memory of Mayor Thomas Menino -Boston's longest-serving mayor, and proud Nova Scotia supporter."
The Tree for Boston began its journey at 9:15 a.m. making its way from Kearney Lake Rd., to St. Stephen's elementary, who partenered with another elementary school in Boston to Skype and learn more about the special tradition. The tree then continued through the north end of Halifax to Grand Parade via police and fire escort for today’s ceremony.
"We are very grateful to John and Ethel MacPherson for donating this year's tree," said Martin Walsh, Mayor of Boston. "We are especially touched that the province has dedicated this year's tree to the memory of Mayor Menino. No man possessed a greater love for our city, and he certainly had a special place in his heart for this annual tradition."
The tree is now on route to Boston transported by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. It will stop in Amherst at the Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre before making its way through New Brunswick, Maine and on to Massachusetts. It will arrive at Boston Common on Friday, Nov. 21, under police escort and be erected and decorated with hundreds of LED lights.
The tree lighting ceremony taking place on Boston Common, Dec. 4, will also feature a live musical performance by Nova Scotia's own -The Stanfields. The ceremony attracts 20,000 people and is broadcast live to an estimated 300,000 on the ABC Boston television channel.
"We're very excited to be representing Nova Scotia and performing in front of our American friends, "said The Stanfields. "The holidays are about giving back and this celebrated tradition is the perfect example of the spirit of giving."
To learn more, go to http://novascotia.ca/TreeforBoston. Follow the tree's journey on Twitter @treeforBoston and "like" the tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treeforboston.