9/11/2001 – How much do you remember? Come From Away is a great musical based on how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland basically welcomed over 6,500 people to their town of 11,000 on that day. Most were stranded for about five days.
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When the airspace of the USA was closed, there was 238 planes sent to Canada and 38 of these to the Gander International Airport. As the world was watching, the staff of Gander Airport knew they would be impacted as it’s an international airport and the closest between the USA and Europe.
Residents of Gander help the Come From Away
The residents, including the Red Cross, jumped into action on how these 6,500 people would get taken care of. With only about 500 hotel rooms, they were reserved for the pilots and crews of the airlines. Some passengers were stuck on the plane for many hours while transportation and plans could be made.
The residents of Gander literally opened their homes to these people because they knew it was the right thing to do. I call that Southern Hospitality.
Since no one knew anything about these passengers, they were all looked at in a different light, not knowing if they could be part of the terrorist groups. But they weren’t. They were simply people trying to get home or to their next destination. They weren’t allowed to take their checked baggage, so things were needed. Clothing, food, and even medicines. But everyone rallied in Gander and got them taken care of.
Why is it called Come From Away?
Come From Away is a wonderful musical production based on the accounts of these days. Why is it called Come From Away? Come From Away is what residents of New Foundland will call anyone not from there.
Gander International Airport & Museum
Known as “Crossroads of the World”, it was built in 1938, at one time it was the largest airport in the world. It still operates as a refueling stop for many airlines with its strategic location. The Great Circle Route over the Atlantic Ocean also played an important role during WW2.
You will find reminders of that time around the museum and airport.
Come From Away
The original production of Come From Away has closed on Broadway, but now touring all around North America, the UK, Ireland and Australia. It’s exciting for it to be in Chattanooga this weekend at Memorial Auditorium. It will be in Gander later this year as well.
A Little Connection to Newfoundland
I have a little connection to Newfoundland. We met a couple from St. John’s on a cruise several years ago and have remained friends, including cruising with them once since then. We would love to visit there one of these days.
Cal & Ruth live about three hours from Gander, but he remembers seeing so many of the planes overhead, waiting to be cleared to land somewhere in Canada. Ruth was a school teacher at the time, and remembers someone coming to her door to let her know what was happening.
Where Were You On 9/11?
Almost anyone living on that day can tell you exactly where you were when the news broke of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am EST. The world changed.
A fun fact about New Foundland – most of the area operates on a half-hour time difference than the rest of the world. If it’s 10 here – it’s 10:30 there. That was even a question – answer on Jeopardy one night. And no contestant knew it – but I did.
Win 2 Tickets
Do you want to win two (2) tickets to Saturday’s night performance at 8:00 pm? It’s easy – just leave a comment on this blog post. Tell me anything you remember about 9/11 – have you ever visited New Foundland – why you would love to see this.
I will draw a name at 11:00 AM – EST on Friday, January 19 and post on my FaceBook page and update here on the blog. I will message you on FaceBook, your name will not be published. You MUST respond to my message within 2 hours or I will draw another name. I have to notify the theater with the winner’s name. The tickets will be available at Will Call at Memorial Auditorium. Please provide an ID.
Any questions, let me know. Who wants to win?
I’m very excited to see this musical production and learn more about Gander and what really happened the week of 9/11.
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Some photos courtesy of Come From Away Productions
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