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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

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Regan Books

Imported from USA

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away

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.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect
to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations
have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of
Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and
goodwill.

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