- Lorne Budden
- September 13, 2011 - 14:29
I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard of the attacks. I can also remember feeling so proud of the people of Newfoundland who opened their homes to total strangers they would otherwise have never met. I would expect no less from our fine people. I have been living away from there for over 25 years, but I still consider myself a Newfie. As Roy Payne put it: There's no price tags on the doors of Newfoundland. If you are from there, you know exactly what it means, and if you have visited you know it as well. For all the evil that was done that day, there was also lots of good. Let's not forget that. These idiots may knock down our buildings, but they will never knock down our spirit. By the way, the ladies in the photo are my sister in law and my beautiful neice.
- Michelle Thoms
- September 12, 2011 - 19:28
Since we'll never know all of the wonderful things that took place during those days of turmoil and fear, you can go to this title on Youtube to find a story from Tom Brokaw that helps tell a little more and from some different points of view.. . Gander-Newfoundland-9-11
- Donny Dooley Dildo NL
- September 12, 2011 - 08:25
Beyond words should have been called "We Made Sandwiches - A Decade Later" Gee, I wonder if Gander will put out a commemorative item? It could be an egg sandwich on a lapel pin.
- Michelle Thoms
- September 12, 2011 - 19:13
It seems that is what others think as well...that all the people did was make sandwiches. Central NL stands out from others such as Montreal, Toronto and St.John's because it was not just sandwiches that was provided to the stranded. They went above and beyond anything others were doing or would ever do. Some US residents were invited into peoples homes for a shower and a bed to sleep in only to realize that their host had to return to work and were leaving these strangers in their homes. Other visitors were given full access to vehicles ot taken on fishing trips. Some hosts did take time off work to care for their "plane people". The bus drivers came off of strike to help transport people to and from dwellings. It is no offence to other cities because they had the infrastucture to take care of the situation but that is all many of them did, was to put the visitors up in a hotel room. Since Gander almost doubled in the number of people, there would have been a lot of problems for these people had the residents not stepped up. Phone calls were made for FREE! Prescriptions were filled for FREE! Hearts and lives were shared for FREE! Gander did not ask for all of this recognition but I sure think they deserved it and apparently so did the "plane people". By the way, I'd proudly wear one of those egg sandwich lapel pins. :)
- September 12, 2011 - 06:44
It warms my heart to be a Newfoundlander living in the United States. The story of these people is something that needs to be told over and over again. The world is a better place to have these unsung hero's among us. I've never been more proud. God bless the people of Newfoundland. They are a breed like no other.