Gander's 9/11 anniversary remembrance subdued
Gander Mayor Claude Elliott said remembrance of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001 will be low key this year.
"There's no plans to have a ceremony," said Elliot. "I think the only thing we've asked is we've asked the ministerial association to just do something during their church service."
Major commemorations in 2011
Last year, on Sept. 11, 2011, there were major commemorations for the tenth anniversary of the event, which had a significant impact on the lives of people in Gander and the surrounding central Newfoundland communities.
Terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashing two of them into into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and the other into a field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people. As a result, U.S. officials quickly grounded all incoming airline flights to North America.
Unforgettable experience for passengers and locals
Dozens of aircraft were diverted to Newfoundland and Labrador, including 39 large commercial jets, which landed at Gander International Airport. Communities all over central Newfoundland opened their homes and community buildings to house the 6,600 stranded passengers and crew for several days. Many local people and passengers forged lifelong friendships from the experience.
Stories of the kindness extended to passengers and crew by the people of Gander and the surrounding area have become well known around the world through media reports, a book, and even a television film.
Elliott said he believes the intensity and frequency of remembrance services will increase on significant milestones such as the 15th and 20th anniversaries.