The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFedePerfect for fans of the hit Broadway musical Come from Away.
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.
Visiting Gander Newfoundland
Town of Gander
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MORETON'S HARBOUR - GANDER - NEWFOUNDLAND VLOG/ CANADA SERIES (EP 187)
Located on the northeastern shore of Gander Lake , it is the site of Gander International Airport , once an important refuelling stop for transatlantic aircraft, and still a preferred emergency landing point for aircraft facing on-board medical or security issues. Gander was chosen for the construction of an airport in because it is very close to the great circle route between New York and London. In , construction of the base began, and the town started to develop. The area became a strategic post for the Royal Air Force Air Ferry Command , with approximately 20, American- and Canadian-built fighters and bombers stopping at Gander en route to Europe. After the war, the airbase became a civilian airport, and the location of the town was moved a safe distance from the runways. Construction of the present town site began in the s, and the present municipality was incorporated in ; the settlement around the airport was eventually abandoned.
Their simple hospitality to the unexpected house guests drew worldwide accolades and even inspired a Broadway musical. Everyone says hello to everyone. People know their neighbors. The airport here marks the closest point between Europe and the U. Passengers faced intense scrutiny as they passed through customs. But everyone was a guest, too. Beyond the basics of food and water, some passengers on board needed medicine.