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A 45-foot tall white spruce tree made its way through Pictou County on the TransCanada Highway yesterday, bound for Boston.

The tree for Boston is the annual gift Nova Scotia sends to Boston to thank the city for sending aid after the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

Heather and Tony Sampson from West Bay, Richmond Co., Cape Breton, are this year’s tree donors.

Nova Scotia is dedicating this tree to health-care workers to honour both Boston’s response after the Halifax Explosion and those who are working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be no public events for Tree for Boston this year, but Nova Scotians can learn about the Halifax Explosion and join online Tree for Boston celebrations by following @TreeforBoston on social media.