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Halifax Explosion memorial service will honour victims and survivors

A ceremony will be held on Thursday morning to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion
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The Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower at Fort Needham Memorial Park (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A ceremony will be held on Thursday morning to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. 

On Dec. 6, 1917, two wartime ships collided in the harbour and sparked a massive blast that claimed almost two-thousand lives and obliterated a section of the city.

A memorial service will be held at Fort Needham Memorial Park, which overlooks an area of North End Halifax that was almost entirely levelled by the blast. 

"This memorial service will honour those who lost their lives and those who survived," explained HRM spokesperson Erin DiCarlo. "It's a great time to reflect on the tragic events, as well as the immense relief effort that was undertaken during its aftermath."

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., with a moment of silence scheduled for 9:04 a.m., the exact time of the explosion.

"There will be a smudging ceremony, a memorial prayer and a moment of silence," said DiCarlo. 

The municipality is also bringing back George Elliott Clarke, the former parliamentary poet laureate. HRM commissioned Clarke to write a poem about the explosion on the centennial anniversary in 2017. 

Thursday's memorial service is scheduled to last until 9:35 a.m.




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