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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.
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By Rose on 08-18-17
This book is a very good reminder of the good still left in the world in the mist of dark times. I made me cry in some parts. It reminded me of the historic day of 9/11 and the emotions is had build inside me as I watch things play out live on TV. We as the world are a community and we often for get it.
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By Jen on 11-08-17
On the darkest of days shines a bright light.
Thank you, people of Gander, for bringing the best of humanity to the people stranded in your towns on 9/11.
Even this many years after 9/11/01, listening to this book brought back all of the memories of that terrible day. And while I had heard of the events in Gander, listening to the specifics - the logistics of landing all of those airplanes, housing and feeding thousands of people, giving ear to the pain and prayer for the lost - what an amazing people.
If you need a bit of encouragement, listen to The Day the World Came to Town.
AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
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