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Halifax Explosion Christmas tree prepared for journey to Boston from Cape Breton

This year's Nova Scotia tree for Boston was cut down during a ceremony in Blue Mills, Inverness County on Wednesday. Provided/ Communications Nova Scotia

A Nova Scotia tradition that recalls how New England residents helped Halifax after a massive explosion ripped through the capital city 100 years ago is underway today.

Each year the province cuts down a Christmas tree and sends it to Boston as an act of gratitude for sending a trainload of volunteers and supplies to assist thousands of injured and homeless citizens in the damaged city.

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This year's Nova Scotia tree for Boston was cut down during a ceremony in Blue Mills, Inverness County on Wednesday. Provided/ Communications Nova Scotia
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This year's Nova Scotia tree for Boston was cut down during a ceremony in Blue Mills, Inverness County on Wednesday. Provided/ Communications Nova Scotia
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This year's Nova Scotia tree for Boston was cut down during a ceremony in Blue Mills, Inverness County on Wednesday. Provided/ Communications Nova Scotia
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This year's Nova Scotia tree for Boston was cut down during a ceremony in Blue Mills, Inverness County on Wednesday. Provided/ Communications Nova Scotia

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The 100th anniversary tree is a 45-year-old, 16-metre white spruce in Blues Mills, about 38 kilometres from Baddeck in Cape Breton.

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Waycobah First Nations resident John William Cremo will conduct a smudging ceremony, and an honour song will be performed by Mi’kmaq drummers to mark the occasion.

The tree will be cut down by community college students and loaded onto a Department of Transportation flatbed truck and then depart for Halifax before beginning its journey to Boston.

Boston’s mayor will be joined by members of the RCMP on Nov. 30 for a tree-lighting ceremony on the Boston Commons, in which 7,000 lights are turned on.

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