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Halifax Explosion commemorative markers installed in Fort Needham Park (3 photos)

A total of 12 commemorative markers will be installed this year at significantly relevant locations throughout the municipality


In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, 12 commemorative markers will be installed this year at significantly relevant locations throughout the municipality.

Three of these iconic sculptural markers were installed today in Fort Needham Park.

The Corten and stainless-steel markers will feature incised quotes and text from first-hand accounts of the explosion, and illustrate important civic stories relating to the event, context, and recovery.

The three markers being erected this week collectively tell the story of commemoration and the city’s resiliency and rebirth:

  • ‘Bearing Witness’ – Offers the context for the Needham Interpretive Program and tells the 100th Anniversary story, located at the Needham Street Entrance
  • ‘The Will to Rebuild’ – sited at the Novalea entrance and references the importance of the Halifax Relief Commission; placed in proximity of the Relief Commission’s marker
  • ‘Toward the Future’ – Situated at the Union Street entrance and references the Bell Tower and its significance both as memorial to the event and a call to a brighter future

Other markers around the municipality will recognize the significant impact the explosion had on the communities of Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax. The markers will also highlight the incredible resiliency of communities to rebuild in the shadow of tragedy.

The markers are designed by Rayleen Hill Architecture and Design of Dartmouth, and are key components of the Fort Needham Memorial Park Master Plan implementation.

More information related to the commemorative markers can be found on the Halifax Explosion companion website The website sets out the thematic framework for the markers, their associated content, and their tentative installation sites. Images for each marker will be updated as installations progress.

The Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Markers and companion website were made possible through funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the “Commemorate Canada” program.


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