November 5, 2021
Genre/Categories/Setting: Narrative Nonfiction, Historical Event, 9-11, Gander (Newfoundland)
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What if one definition of a hero is simply one who treats a stranger as a member of the family or one who provides towels or toiletries, or offers a shower, or sits to talk, or provides a board game, or prays with or for you, or gives you a ride to town, or takes you to the local pub or shopping?
On 9-11, thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland (Canada). This is the inspiring story of how the people (the heroes) of Gander (a town of barely 10,000) cared for nearly 7,000 passengers with gestures of friendship, acts of kindness, and attitudes of goodwill at a moment’s notice.