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Remembering the role Gander played on 9/11

We all remember that terrible day on September 11, 2001, when America was under attack when television coverage showed planes crashing into buildings.

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York were hit along with the Pentagon, and another plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania following a passenger revolt.

The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and instigated the multi-decade global war on terror.

When the United States closed its airspace, 38 planes were forced to land at the Gander International Airport, totalling 6,122 passengers and 473 crew, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

To mark the 22nd Anniversary of the attacks, the Town of Gander will host a commemoration service at 11 a.m. this morning at the Evangel Church. This service will honour the lives lost, pay tribute to first responders and commemorate the friendships made and bonds formed here in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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