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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower, dedicated June 5, 1985, was built as a memorial to those killed and injured in the Great Halifax Explosion, however the names of all but two of the victims are not there, although the names of the children of those two victims and the names of all the members of the memorial committee are shown of plaques on the tower. Try explaining that to anyone, especially children.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

The Halifax Explosion is a keystone moment in the history of this city. Later immortalized in Hugh MacLennan’s classic novel BAROMETER RISING (1941), the disaster of 1917 is given solid physical context in this powerful monument. The Memorial Bell Tower, erected in 1985, is strategically situated above the area devastated by the explosion. The descriptive plaque on site tells the tale: "You are looking at the place in the harbour Narrows where the most violent man-made explosion before the atomic bomb occurred there in 1917."

As with most sites of this kind, the Memorial offers a solemn moment for reflection. Here, we honour the nearly 2000 killed or injured on that fateful day nearly 100 years ago and, at the same time, pay homage to those who, phoenix-like, rose from the ashes to help rebuild the city. In this way, we conclude with a note of hope and strength as we witness the resiliency of a people.

Date of experience: July 2016
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