Sunday Quotes – Helping Our Friends – September 11th 10 Year Anniversary

(Image  of Halifax, Nova Scotia airport via CBC News)

In honour of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, I’m starting today’s post with links to two Canadian news organizations highlighting the kindness, comfort and friendship that was shown as airplanes were diverted to various Canadian cities.

Global News has an article about Gander, a town of approximately 10,000 people in Newfoundland, who opened their hearts and homes to over 6,500 passengers and crew members until the last diverted plane resumed its flight.

On September 8th, 2011, in Washington, D.C., Gander received an international resiliency award at a gala hosted by the Center for National Policy and the Voices of September 11th in recognition of the kindness and generosity the citizens of Gander showed to all who were grounded.

(Image of Gander, Newfoundland airport via Global News)

CBC News has a special report about what happened when over 30,000 people were Stranded in Canada. The report has a variety of articles about some of the experiences of those who were stranded and the Canadians who helped them during those scary and uncertain times.

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Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.

William James

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.

Cleveland Amory

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.


I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

Tracy Chapman

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.

Adam Lindsay Gordon



    1. Thank you. I was planning on doing Dr. Seuss quotes (that’s next week), I thought others would be able to put their thoughts and feelings into words much better than I ever could. Then I saw the story about Gander and went in that direction.

  1. great post! I’ve been listening to CBC radio’s various programs focus on the theme 10 years on. I was prompted to submit my remembories to the local CBC weekend program, moved by the story of the school children of 9/11 (profile of Halaina Hovitz on The Current), and posted a 9/11 blog entry.
    It’s strange to be back in the Maritimes, trying to tie up the loose ends of my mother’s (and in most respects mine too) life, on Sept. 11. I’ve been in either NYC or NJ every 9/11 since 2003 — listening or watching the reading of the names from ground zero.
    There is talk that 10 years on will be the last full scale memorial day at ground zero as the freedom tower rises in the background. I hope that folks will continue to remember 9/11 — not as the start of a war, a day of horror, or terrorism in action but as how people from around the world and different faiths have come together as a result of 9/11 to call for peace, harmony, and understanding. And, think about how children around the world are faced with a life without a childhood due to poverty, war, abuse, violence, political unrest, racism, ethnic “cleansing,” genderism, sexism, etc. Remembering 9/11 can be the starting point of something good; something healing; something helpful.

  2. I completely agree with you about using 9/11 as a starting point for something good. So much of that thinking gets lost in the retaliation and rhetoric that goes on after the fact. Hopefully everyone can keep looking to the future with hope instead of fear.

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