U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson paid tribute to the town of Gander, N.L. for its generosity on 9/11, hailing its residents for their grace and good humour and representing “the best of us.” With a tremor in his voice, Jacobson reminisced about the tireless efforts of all the town’s residents and surrounding communities during that day 10 years ago, and the days that followed. “This could well be the motto of this town: ‘Without waiting to be asked,'” Jacobson said. The contribution of Newfoundlanders to the lives of the thousands of stranded American travellers, in particular from those in Gander has become the stuff of legend in North America.
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