September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in infamy. It’s 2017 as I write this, and kids who were born on Sept. 12 will be graduating high school in a couple of short years. The passage of time is truly an amazing thing – though for many, that day will still seem like yesterday. While there was a lot of pain that day, there were those who showed the best of human decency, that took in people who needed help. We need more people like that today. This video tells an amazing story.
During the chaos of that day, there were many flights that had to be rerouted. Gander, Newfoundland was one of those places. An idyllic town of 10,000, they saw plane after plane after plane land at their airports and sit there on the tarmac. They would have to go through customs and it took over 30 hours to get everyone off the planes. These American citizens had suddenly become refugees in another country.
To say that Gander stepped up to the plate is an understatement. While the passengers were on the planes waiting for everything to be sorted out, the members of the local community were pulling an all-nighter to make sure there was food, drinks and other necessities. After that, community centers were opened and even individual townspeople took in people who were complete strangers. They stayed there for four days and then left, but a few days later, there was a huge swelling of mail, emails and other items of thanks.
I must admit that this was a hard story to watch. A friend of mine was on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Watching this made me flash back to that day. It was a terrible day, but there was an amazing aftermath of courage and kindness. While this might not be a happily “odd” story, it’s also a story where there were many bright spots of light that shone out of the darkness. That is what we should remember, including these people of Gander, Newfoundland.
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