In the aftermath of last week’s events in Ottawa, fear remains unjustified, whether it’s fear of terrorism or of the politicians who would use fear to their advantage
At the end of the day, it seems as though this isn’t a story about an unsightly metal-and-plexiglass barrier. It appears to be a story about a group of people presuming to treat citizens like subjects.
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. Source: CBC
“Canada is a true neighbour in every sense of the word and particularly after that event,” Leon Panetta, the U.S. defence secretary, told the exclusive event at the Newseum, next door to the Canadian embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Gander “is a town, as all of us know, that provided comfort and welcome,” he said as the crowd of several hundred, including several American movers and shakers, burst into applause. Read more about the commemoration at CBC.ca. Source: CBC
As the tenth anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 edge closer, much will be made about Newfoundland’s role during those tense days. Steel from the destroyed towers has already made its way to Gander this month, and now the Montreal Gazette has published an inspiring piece about the town of Gambo. Click here to take a read.
Gander Mayor Claude Elliot unwrapped the first of two pieces of steel to come from the World Trade Centre to arrive in central Newfoundland Tuesday. The steel was donated to the town to show the Americans’ appreciated of all that the people of Gander did in those hard days. Thirty-nine airliners carrying 6,500 passengers were diverted to Gander when North American airspace was shut down on September 11, 2001. Source: CBC