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

Yes, I’ve got a thing for remembering 9/11/2001 (see the picture on the bottom of my home page). And I have always been intrigued by the closing of the US airspace that day and the days following. (See this photo from Gander International Airport.)

In NetSec Letter #13 from 23 October 2001 entitled “Afterthoughts and Lessons to Learn,” I said, How do we know the good guys from the bad? … Get the good guys out of the sky. The principle demonstrated is important. The fewer potential attack agents, the fewer avenues of attack, the easier your task of protection and detection can be.”

I got this book for my birthday from my darling wife. It is a book of wonderful stories of individual’s stories describing the affects of that day on stranded travelers and the locals, and how a 10,000-person town doubled in size for a few days. Because of the subject matter, it cannot help invoke tears in some (like me). Over and over again, my heart was touched with the stories of simple caring, one for another. This was a great birthday gift.

“… for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me … Assuredly … in as much as you did it to one of the least of these you did it to Me.”
Matthew 25:35-40

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