In loving memory

September 11, 2017

There was no shortage of heroes on that day sixteen years ago when the U.S. came under attack. Here are a few of their stories:

Operation Yellow Ribbon is the story of a little village in Newfoundland whose residents welcomed and cared for thousands of stranded airline passengers after U.S. airspace was closed on 9/11.

Boatlift is the story of the largest maritime evacuation in history, which took place in Manhattan on 9/11. Half a million people were evacuated in nine hours after the Coast Guard put out a call for help and hundreds of locals responded.

The Man in the Red Bandana is the story of Welles Crowther, a young equities trader in New York City who lost his life on 9/11 while saving the lives of strangers.

The Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11 is about some of the dogs who searched for survivors amid the wreckage of the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.


September 11, 2015

This documentary about the events in Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 is well worth forty-four minutes of your time, especially if your faith in humanity could use a boost.

More heroes: The 9/11 boatlift, the largest maritime evacuation in history.

Still more heroes: The search-and-rescue dogs of 9/11 (click on image for slide show).


September 11, 2014

Although few people are aware of it, the largest maritime evacuation in history took place on September 11, 2001, in Manhattan. It happened spontaneously, without the slightest preparation or planning, because a group of completely ordinary Americans put the well-being of thousands of total strangers ahead of their own safety, convenience, and comfort. Half a million people were rescued in the space of nine hours, and miraculously, not one person was injured in the process. If you have lost your faith in humanity, then you need to watch this one.

Here’s another story of heroism in an unlikely place: Gander, a little village (pop. 10,000) in Newfoundland, where thirty-eight airliners containing almost seven thousand people were diverted after American airspace was closed on September 11. The citizens of Gander opened their homes and hearts to the stranded travelers for five days — another example of the worst disasters bringing out the heroic best in ordinary human beings.

(If you’d like to read more about this extraordinary story, I highly recommend the book The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, by Jim DeFede.)

In loving memory

September 11, 2013

In loving memory

September 11, 2012

Angels of hope

September 10, 2011

My favorite 9/11 story.

For more about the story of 9/11 in Gander, I highly recommend The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

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