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Boston Christmas Tree will make stop in Truro before it heads south

Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson from Oxford are donating the 46-ft. white spruce that will soon begin its 1,100-km journey to Boston.
Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson from Oxford are donating the 46-ft. white spruce that will soon begin its 1,100-km journey to Boston. - Contributed

This year’s tree that will be put up and lit in Boston is from Cumberland County for the first time

TRURO, N.S. – The Boston Christmas tree will make a stop in Truro as it embarks on an 1,100-km. journey that will culminate with it being lit with a thousand lights in the Massachusetts city later this month.

This year’s tree is being donated by Ross and Teresa McKellar of Oxford. The tree is given as part of the annual thank you to Boston for sending medical personnel and supplies when nearly 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more left injured and homeless by the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

"The Tree for Boston is one of our proudest traditions as we honour the kindness Boston showed us in our time of need," said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. "This year, we will mark the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion at the Boston Tree Lighting."
On Thursday, Nov. 15 the newly cut tree will be paraded to Truro for public viewing at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre parking lot at 2 p.m. After the stop in Truro, there will be an official send-off ceremony in Halifax at Parade Square on Friday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to attend. The following day, it will be decorated to appear in the Halifax Parade of Lights through downtown Halifax.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, the 55-year-old, 47-ft.-tall tree will stand proudly at Boston Common, and will be lit with thousands of lights. Each year tens of thousands of Bostonians witness the expression of thanks from Nova Scotia as they enjoy their big beautiful spruce tree.

This marks the first time the tree has come from Cumberland County.

The NS Dept of Lands and Forestry and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal annually arrange for the acquisition and transportation of the Boston Tree.

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