Gander's 9/11 compassion revisited by NBC's Tom Brokaw
On September 11, 2001, dozens of planes made emergency landings in Gander and the town generously opened its doors as hotels filled up. NBC's Tom Brokaw met with Gander residents last Thursday to commemorate the extraordinary event showcasing Canada US relations for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Along with interviews from Gander, Mr. Brokaw spoke with passengers who said they were treated like family by complete strangers, some for several days after attacks on the U.S. suspended air travel for several days. The impact of Gander's generosity and trust has had a lasting effect on those stranded there and as a result NBC is paying tribute to it in an upcoming feature to be broadcast during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
"Every passenger that we've talked to will remember this experience for the rest of their lives, and they feel like Gander's a second home," After speaking to Gander's mayor Claude Elliot Brokaw also mentioned "What I love to hear from a politician in this day and age is 'We don't take extra credit for this — this is what we are and this is what we would do again."
In recent decades, NBC has produced uplifting stories about the relations between the U.S. and the host country of each Olympics. Crews began shooting in Gambo and Gander this summer and the final interview between Mr. Brokaw and Mayor Elliott was conducted last Thursday.
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