Re­mem­ber­ing 9/11

Ap­ple­ton hosts 17th an­nual cer­e­mony to re­mem­ber tragic day

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­[email protected]­cen­talvoice.ca

Amer­i­cans and Cana­di­ans gath­ered in Ap­ple­ton, New­found­land and Labrador, Tues­day morn­ing, Sept. 11, for a time of re­flec­tion.

It was a chance for the two na­tion­al­i­ties to mourn the tragic events of the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks against the United States, and re­flect on cen­tral New­found­land’s role in car­ing for some 7,000 stranded pas­sen­gers and crew di­verted to Gan­der fol­low­ing the clo­sure of Amer­i­can airspace.

Or­ga­nizer Derm Flynn, who was the mayor of Ap­ple­ton in 2001, said it’s hum­bling to know the con­tri­bu­tions of cen­tral New­found­land con­tinue to be re­mem­bered all these years later.

“We were there to help, the same as any other emer­gency. We sup­ported Gan­der and the international air­port, we played our role, as did the other ar­eas of cen­tral New­found­land,” he said. “We done our best to care for peo­ple who needed help. It was never about pol­i­tics.”

Jeanette Gu­tier­rez, a 9-11 survivor, chose to be in Ap­ple­ton in­stead of New York to mark the tragedy. She orig­i­nally came to New­found­land in 2016 for the 15th an­niver­sary to thank vol­un­teers for what they did, and has been com­ing back ev­ery year since.

Gu­tier­rez was across the street from the World Trade Cen­tre dur­ing 9-11. She es­caped from the area af­ter the sec­ond plane hit the twin tow­ers.

For Gu­tier­rez, her vis­its to New­found­land have of­fered a place of heal­ing.

“It has re­de­fined 9-11 for me,” she said. “To ex­pe­ri­ence a liv­ing breath­ing ex­am­ple of such good­ness, to walk amongst these an­gels, and to know the par­al­lel sto­ries, it helps me to know that while this was a ter­ri­ble day for me, it wasn’t like it all over the world, here it was dif­fer­ent.”

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

Mem­bers of the Fraser Road United Church Hand­bell Choir pre­form a mu­si­cal trib­ute to com­mem­o­rate the 17th an­niver­sary of 9-11.

ADAM RAN­DELL — THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

U.S. Am­bas­sador to Canada Kelly Craft thanked the peo­ple of cen­tral New­found­land for ev­ery­thing they did in car­ing for some 7,000 stranded pas­sen­gers 17 years ago.

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

Stu­dents of Lake­wood Academy in Glen­wood had the morn­ing off to at­tend the me­mo­rial ser­vice. It was the wish of those in at­ten­dance that these stu­dents would never have to face such a tragic event in their life­time.

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