Gander September 11

September 14, 2011 by USA Post 

Gander September 11Gander September 11, Little Gander, NL, become high praise Thursday at the anniversary summit of prestige 9.11 in Washington, DC  With 10,000 inhabitants, who joined together to house and feed 6,500 passengers stranded for several days after U.S. airspace was closed in the hours following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will receive the International Award of the Center for Resistance National Policy.

“The story is amazing. The common people, with literally no notice at home took 6500 passengers who had not met the need at a time of crisis,” said Scott Bates, vice-center president.

“For us, this is a moment of heroism in the community,” said Bates. “It’s something we want to present to people in the United States recalled what Canada did for us and also, perhaps more importantly, how Gander is an example of how communities in North America must respond in a time of crisis.

“Instead of coming apart, they came together.”

Zane Tucker, Gander deputy mayor, said that the people are honored by the recognition of his efforts 10 years ago.

“I did not for recognition, or thanks or praise, but it is humiliating that people still remember what he did 10 years later Gander” he said from Gander Wednesday. “One thing that Newfoundland and Labradorians are known for is its generous hospitality. What happened in Gander 10 years ago just one example of the spirit that we have a province.”

Gander has been given two pieces of twisted steel from the rubble of the World Trade Center in recognition of the courageous efforts of the city as a result of 9.11. The second part arrived Wednesday, and Tucker said the twisted steel is in the aviation museum in the city as part of the screen 11.9.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay is also expected to give a speech at the summit in Washington on Thursday.

In the hours following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, some 38 transatlantic flights were diverted to Gander. Newfoundland took in nearly half of all flights diverted to Canada from destinations in the U.S. North America, when airspace was closed on September 11, 2001.

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