November 18, 2008

Province thanks Boston for help in 1917

A 55-foot Christmas tree was bound for Boston from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia Tuesday as part of an annual appreciation of the city's help in 1917.

The spruce tree was felled on private property Monday in a ceremony in rural Clementsvale, near the province's north shore west of Halifax, the Chronicle-Herald reported.

Since 1971, Nova Scotia has provided Boston with a giant tree for the Boston Common as thanks for the city's help when munitions ships exploded in Halifax Harbor and nearly flattened the city Dec. 6, 1917, the newspaper said.

The tree was spotted last week by a provincial agricultural official, the report said. It was growing conveniently close to the side of a small road on the property of Craig and Marina Cook.

Someone came and knocked on our door and asked if we'd be interested in donating it, Marina Cook said. We were honored to be able to give this tree.

Boston's tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Dec. 4, and Cook said it was likely her family would have to settle for watching it on television, the newspaper said.