a town that welcomed strangers

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, US airspace was shut down, and the hundreds of flights that were in the air needed some place to land – and one of those places was Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. They accepted 7,000 disoriented passengers, nearly doubling the town’s population of 11,000. This town opened its arms and offered hospitality to these 7.000 people during a time of confusion and heartache.