National Day of Mourning ceremonies Friday

Flags have been lowered to half mast on Friday as Nova Scotia joins more than 80 countries in observing the Day of Mourning.

Ceremonies are held annually to remember those who died, were injured or became ill at work.

The Pictou County Injured Workers Association and Town of New Glasgow will host an event at 6 p.m. Friday night at Trenton Park.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray mining disaster.

The Day of Mourning website says more than 24,000 Nova Scotians were injured on the job last year, with about 5,800 of them injured seriously enough to lose time from work.

The site says there were 20 workplace fatalities in 2016, with two caused by traumatic injuries and 18 due to chronic fatalities due to health conditions and occupational disease.

So far in 2017, there have been two fatalities.

More information on all of today's events can be found on the Day of Mourning website.