The day the world came to town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

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When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

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subject_facet Aeronautics, Commercial -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Gander -- Passenger traffic, Air travel -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Gander, Gander (N.L.) -- History -- 21st century, Nonfiction, September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
title_display The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
title_full The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland / Jim DeFede
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title_sub 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
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