By Chris Bradley
Nova Scotia is preparing for extra visitors on and around April 15th which is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. They are running two commemorative events which they are encouraging their visitors to take part in. There will be an evening procession and a memorial service.
The mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, Peter Kelly explained that he encourages the residents and visitors to take part in the events as the area will always be linked to the Titanic and the disaster. By paying tribute to those who died they can honour those from the community who helped out as best they could as well as all of those that died.
The evening of April 14th will see the walking procession make its way from the waterfront side of the maritime museum of the Atlantic to the Grand Parade. There will be a selection of titanic landmarks passed on the route which will be acknowledged. On reaching its destination, the crowd will be able to listen to some presentations and performances and there will be a minutes silence at 12.20pm which was when the ship first started to sink. There will be flares set off to mimic the ships request for help.
The following day there will be an interfaith memorial service at Fairview Lawn Cemetery at 3pm. This will include musical performances and wreath laying as twenty-one of the victims from the disaster were buried there. There will also be an information centre set up at the Maritime museum called Titanic Central where visitors can learn more about the activities as well as the link between the town and the ship.