Appleton marks 16th an­niver­sary of 9-11

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL - BY ADAM RAN­DELL

As si­lence fell upon the Appleton Peace Park, both Cana­dian and Amer­i­can dig­ni­taries bowed their head in re­mem­brance.

The oc­ca­sion was Appleton’s way of mark­ing the 16th an­niver­sary of the 9-11, 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the U.S., which killed nearly 3,000 peo­ple. It was also a chance to mark the prov­ince’s – par­tic­u­larly cen­tral New­found­land com­mu­ni­ties – part in look­ing af­ter nearly 7,000 stranded pas­sen­gers and crew di­verted to Gan­der af­ter Amer­i­can air space closed.

“It was a time that brought out some of the worst in hu­man­ity, but here in this area, it brought out the best in hu­man­ity,” said Appleton mayor Derm Flynn.

It was a mes­sage re­cip­ro­cated by Gan­der MHA John Hag­gie, Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Frank Fagan, Coast of Bays-Cen­tralNotre Dame MP Scott Simms, U.S. Con­sul Gen­eral Steven Giegerich, and David Hein and Irene Sankoff, writ­ers of the Tony award win­ning Come From Away mu­si­cal.

Giegerich ap­plauded the com­mu­nity’s com­mit­ment to re­mem­ber­ing 9-11.

“Many things have changed since that day 16 years ago; how­ever, one thing has been a con­stant – ev­ery Sept. 11, peo­ple have gath­ered here in the Appleton Peace Park to com­mem­o­rate the com­bi­na­tion of hor­ror and hu­man­ity that oc­curred ,” he said.

“Mayor Flynn (and the town) showed the world that strangers who land here are to be em­braced and not feared, and for that we are thank­ful to him and all the cit­i­zens of New­found­land who opened their hearts and homes to strangers.”

Now-re­tired Amer­i­can Air­lines cap­tain Bev­erly Bass re­called land­ing in Gan­der. Her plane was num­ber 36 of 38.

“I once read a let­ter from a pas­sen­ger that said they had landed in the most peace­ful place on earth, and I would have to agree with that,” Bass said.

“I am cer­tain that I speak on be­half of ev­ery sin­gle pas­sen­ger and crew mem­ber when I say to all of you that you made the best of the most hor­rific tragedy in U.S. his­tory.

“Our lives were no doubt changed for­ever as a re­sult of what hap­pened that day, we are hon­oured that you re­mem­ber and rec­og­nize ev­ery year and that Canada calls it a day of ser­vice. For this we will be for­ever grate­ful and we say thank you.”


At the 16th an­nual 9-11 Memo­rial Ser­vice in Appleton, mem­bers of the Fraser United Church Hand­bell Choir paid trib­ute to those who lost their lives dur­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks.


Now-re­tired Amer­i­can Air­lines cap­tain Bev­erly Bass thanks the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador for ev­ery­thing they did to care for nearly 7,000 stranded pas­sen­gers and crew fol­low­ing the 9-11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.


Irene Sankoff and David Hein, writ­ers of Tony Award win­ning mu­si­cal Come From Away, pass along their thanks to the peo­ple of the area for al­low­ing them to share their sto­ries.


Del­e­ga­tions from the prov­ince, Canada and the United States took part in the Sept. 11 cer­e­mony.

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