On this 16th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, we rightly focus our attention on New York and Washington, DC, and thoughts of the innocent victims–and heroes–of that crisp Tuesday morning.
As the attacks unfolded, there was great uncertainty about what was actually going on; the United States was forced to take unprecedented step of completely shutting down its airspace in order to try to minimize any other possible hijackings on top of flights 11, 175, 77 and 93. That meant that inbound flights would have nowhere to land. Enter the Canadian heroes of that day: the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland. Here is their story.