We all know how horrific and terrible 9/11 was, but there is more than we think relating to the events. Those who know of the musical, Come From Away, know the true compassion and humanity of Gander, Newfoundland. This is even expressed in the book, The Day the World Came to Town.
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.Goodreads
What Gander did was amazing- they opened up their doors to these scared passengers. Sent them to schools, churches, the Salvation Army, and community centers to stay. They were able to provide food, clothing, and bedding. They did whatever they could do to make them feel comfortable. They really showed compassion to everyone in the best way possible- some even opened up their homes. There were a number of people on those 38 planes- of different religions, cultures, and ages, but yet Gander accepted all of them.
Even animals were treated well- that is what Bonnie was concerned about. She went out of her way to make sure animals were off those planes- from dogs, cats, and even monkeys. Each passenger had a different story to tell. Hannah had a firefighter son in NYC, you had two couples who just adopted a child, new friendships were formed, romance was blossomed, etc….
While the musical, Come From Away, isn’t based off of this novel, you still saw some of the same stories. This novel really shows how people really come together during times of major tragedies.