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Halifax Explosion remembered in solemn annual ceremony

HALIFAX, N.S. — People gathered on a cold Wednesday morning to commenmorate the 106th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion at the Bell Tower in Fort Needham Park in the city’s north end.

The 1917 disaster that devastated the city, killing over 1,700 people and injuring 9,000 more.

Photojournalist Ryan Taplin captured these images from the annual commemoration and from a ceremony honouring the nine firefighters who died.

People attend the annual Halifax Explosion memorial service at the Bell Tower in Fort Needham Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. – Ryan Taplin
Gerry White, a retired naval officer and former RCMP member, and Suzy Hansen, MLA for Halifax Needham, wait to lay wreaths at the annual Halifax Explosion memorial service at the Bell Tower in Fort Needham Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. - Ryan Taplin
Gerry White, a retired naval officer and former RCMP member, and Suzy Hansen, MLA for Halifax Needham, wait to lay wreaths at the annual Halifax Explosion memorial service at the Bell Tower in Fort Needham Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. – Ryan Taplin
People leave the annual Halifax Explosion memorial service at the Bell Tower in Fort Needham Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. The ceremony commemorated the 106th anniversary of the Explosion which killed over 2,000 people and injured 9,000. - Ryan Taplin
People leave the annual Halifax Explosion memorial service at the Bell Tower in Fort Needham Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. The ceremony commemorated the 106th anniversary of the Explosion which killed over 2,000 people and injured 9,000. – Ryan Taplin
A firefighter stands sentry during a ceremony outside Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Station 4 on Wednesday, commemorating the nine firefighters who were killed during the Halifax Explosion in 1917.- Ryan Taplin
A firefighter stands sentry during a ceremony outside Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Station 4 on Wednesday, commemorating the nine firefighters who were killed during the Halifax Explosion in 1917.- Ryan Taplin
Pipe Major Scott Baker and the Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums perform inside Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Station 4 during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6, commemorating the nine firefighters who were killed during the Halifax Explosion in 1917. - Ryan Taplin
Pipe Major Scott Baker and the Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums perform inside Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Station 4 during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6, commemorating the nine firefighters who were killed during the Halifax Explosion in 1917. – Ryan Taplin

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