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                                                  ‘From Halifax to Boston, With Love’

100 years ago today, two ships collided in Halifax
Harbor
, creating the largest man-made explosion of its time. More
than 2000 people died (500 of those children) and 9,000 were injured. Within 2
hours after the explosion, the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts
organized an epic humanitarian rescue mission and rushed to the stricken city, sending
by

trains doctors, nurses, and all sort of supplies. That
rescue mission and the gratitude it set in motion are represented year after
year by a Christmas tree sent to Boston from Halifax as a gift of thanks.

Sources: Boston Globe,

The
Story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and the Boston Tre
e –

The Little Tree By the SeaThe Halifax Explosion Quilt (really cool)- Halifax
Explosion: The Aftermath and Relief Efforts
(incredible video)