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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland Paperback – August 14, 2003
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`The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland' describes what happened when more than 250 aircraft, prohibited from entering U.S. airspace due to the terrorist attacks, were diverted to Canadian airports. Of those, 38 planes bearing 6,595 passengers landed in Gander, Newfoundland, a town with a population of barely 10,000. What happened next goes a very long way to restore the faith in humanity that was shaken by the terrorists. Without exception, the residents of Gander (They call themselves `Newfies') opened their doors to welcome the unexpected refugees and poured out such warmth and compassion that one passenger later remarked, "I was on a flight from London to New York and landed in Heaven."
Schools were closed to provide space for shelters. Residents took the sheets and blankets off their own beds to deliver to the passengers and stayed up all night to feed and welcome then when they finally were able to get off the planes. Locals approached `plane people' in the street and invited them into their homes to shower. Pharmacists made thousands of calls worldwide to verify prescriptions and then filled them for free. Shop owners gave away their stock to those in need and, when they ran out, bought more from the competition and gave that away as well. The events described in this book will make you either proud to be a Canadian or regretful that you aren't.
DeFede skillfully blends the tragic and the comic. One moment Gander's residents are compassionately providing around-the-clock care and companionship to the mother of a missing New York firefighter.Read more ›
Physically, Gander Airport could accommodate all those big planes landing, but what about the passengers? That's the real story of Gander -- how the people opened their hearts and homes to total strangers and mobilized every resource they had to comfort and care for the thousands of travelers who suddenly found themselves stranded. It was humanity's finest hour.
This book abounds with human interest stories, such as: the fire engine racing to the next town with sirens blaring, to bring back toys for the "plane children"; the animal protection volunteers who crawled into the bellies of the grounded planes to rescue and care for the passengers' pets; the American family returning from Kazakhstan with a newly-adopted daughter; the big party for the four kids with birthdays that week... and many, many more.Read more ›
If this story was written as ficton one would accuse the author of an overactive imagination. The people of Gander and it's neighboring communities jumped at the chance to render hospitality and comfort to the "plane people", as they referred to them. This story takes the reader through the full range of human emotions from tears to laughter. Yes, laughter. I want to go to GAnder myself and just hug everyone I see.
If you read one September 11th book, make it this one. It provides a lesson we all could learn about being a good neighbor.
For me personally this story is very true. I was one of the passengers that had to divert to Gander, and as soon as the book arrived, I've read the book within one day. I just could not stop. Never before was I so emotionally touched by a book. Maybe because this book is about "us", who landed in Gander. I don't know. I have learned things from the book, which most of the passengers did not know before. It is just amazing how everything got organized by the citizens of Gander and surrounding communities with the support of the Salvation Army.
Jim DeFede picks a few passengers who were aboard different airliners and re-tells their story. I do have my own story (as probably every passenger who was stranded in Gander), and it is interesting to see how other people lived through the week after 9/11 in Newfoundland.
If you want to know about a different story of 9/11, read this book, and you will be amazed how people were helping complete strangers that were caught in the tragic events.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One would never believe that a town could be so caring and gracious!!!'Published 12 days ago by 629
Interesting read about an event that affected all of us. Little is known about these "side stories" of the event. A little repetitious.Published 21 days ago by Marilyn Epp
Great book! I had no idea what the folks in Newfoundland went through after 9/11. My heroes! Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great story lost from the headlines because of the magnitude of the other events of 9/11....heartwarming to read and supports fact that there a many kind and loving people who will... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lilyfitz
Loved it! Will be recommending to my book club. Did not know about this occurrence in Gander. Small towns are known for their generous help to those in need but this small town... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lola R Fletcher
I found this to be a good book on the historical as well as the kindness of perfect strangers. There are so many stories connected to 9/11.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Get this book-finally a historical account of people being GOOD to other people, esp. complete strangers in need!Published 1 month ago by Emma
Wonderful easy beach reading Great characters and uplifting spiritPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer