At times the tension and bloodied protests in Ukraine can seem thousands of miles away, but Halifax has an old connection with Crimea.

The 150-year-old Welsford-Parker arch in Halifax's Old Burying Ground is dedicated to two Nova Scotians who died in battle during the Crimean War.

The large sandstone monument in the graveyard at the corner of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road is dedicated to Maj. Augustus Welsford and Capt. William Parker who both died in 1855 at the storming of the Redan fortification at Sevastopol, known at the time as Sebastopol.

It's billed as the only North American monument to the Crimean War.

More than a century later, the Crimean peninsula has morphed into the main flashpoint in Ukraine's crisis.

Sevastopol, a stronghold for pro-Russian Ukrainians, also serves as the base for Russia's Black Sea Fleet. Russia has long wanted to reclaim the lush Crimean Peninsula, part of its territory until 1954.