Nova Scotians Visitors Encouraged to Attend Titanic Commemorative Events
Nova Scotians and visitors are encouraged to attend free events April 14 and 15 in Halifax to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. “Halifax’s role in 1912 was one of assistance,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Atlantic Canadians are known for lending a hand in difficult times so we hope that everyone will gather together to honour our place in history.” Join host George Jordan at the waterfront side of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a walking, candle-lit procession on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. To symbolize Halifax’s role in the tragedy and the conditions in 1912, a horse-drawn carriage with a period-style casket and pallbearers will lead the procession. The procession will begin at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, move along the waterfront, left onto George Street, left onto Hollis, right onto Prince, right onto Argyle and into the Grand Parade for the Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells event. Gordon Pinsent, Canadian icon, will host Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells at the Grand Parade from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event, presented by The Chronicle Herald, will tell the story of Titanic, its passengers and crew and Halifax’s response to the tragedy. Over 20 performers will take the stage. A moment of silence will be held at 12:27 a.m., marking the time recorded when the last wireless messages from the Titanic were received. Flares will be set off to symbolize the ship’s call for help, members of the RCMP Pipe and Drums band will perform Amazing Grace, and churches in downtown Halifax that held memorial services for the victims in 1912 will ring their bells for a few minutes. People can bring a collapsible chair to the event and should dress for weather conditions. “The Herald was there 100 years ago and aided in breaking the news of Titanic’s tragedy,” said Ian Thompson, associate publisher of The Chronicle Herald. “From our extensive in-paper and online special coverage of the Titanic 100 anniversary leading to our presentation of Titanic Eve and Night of the Bells on Saturday, The Chronicle Herald is honoured to be supporting commemoration of this monumental anniversary 100 years later.” Visit The Chronicle Herald Titanic site at http://thechronicleherald.ca/titanic for more information. The Titanic Spiritual Ceremony, an interfaith memorial service will be held in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery on Sunday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members of the Girl Guides of Canada, the Boy Scouts of Canada and sea cadets will lay flowers at the grave sites of the Titanic victims, 121 of which are buried at the cemetery. People can enter the cemetery on foot through the Chisholm Avenue entrance and are reminded to respect grave markers as they make their way to the ceremony at the Titanic grave sites. Standing areas will be indicated. People will be able to pay personal respects to the victims’ grave sites after the service. There will be no vehicle access to the cemetery. The provincial, federal, municipal governments have contributed to the commemorative events as well as The Chronicle Herald, Emera, BellAliant, Famous Folks Communications, Egg Films, Canada Post, J.A. Snow Funeral Home and Hatfield Farm. For information on the events visit www.titanic100.ca .