Today is a day of remembrance of a horrific act by terrorists on the United States some twenty years ago. When we remember this day, it’s almost always filled with images of the twin towers on fire – people jumping from windows – amazing acts of heroism – loss of life and the affect it had on Americans along with the rest of the world.

Last night I watched a documentary , narrated by Tom Brokaw entitled, “Operation Yellow Ribbon.” It is well worth watching, because it shows the truth of the human spirit and what can happen in times of great tragedy. Did you ever wonder how they cleared the skies leading to America and countries close to it on this fateful day? It was an amazing accomplishment. One of the airports used for this purpose was in a tiny little town of Gander, Newfoundland. The International Airport in the northeast part of North America was considered the largest airport in the world when it was built and was used mainly for military flights and a refueling site during WWII. On 09.11.2001, this airport was used to assist in clearing the skies of planes that were intended to land in the US or coming to it.

The Canadian airport at Gander is home to less than 12,000 people, who became willing heroes to the people on the 38 planes that had been redirected to land there. There were 7,000 passengers and crew that needed a place to stay until their flights could resume. None of them knew what was going on in New York, other than the fact that there was a terrorist attack. Imagine being in a strange country under such circumstances. The people of Gander came to the rescue with makeshift lodging, meals and clothing for the confused. tired and uninformed crowd. Soon they would see footage of the attack on the World Trade Center and watch in disbelief as the story unfolded before their eyes.

In the documentary, we see the human spirit at work for the fellow man. It talks about a couple returning from Ireland whose son is a New York fireman. They would have to wait until they returned home to discover that he perished as a first responder to the attack. There was a story of a couple that met during this time, from two different parts of the world, fell in love and eventually married. There were many, many more stories that occurred during this time and each one of them attached a piece of the heart to it.

Even in the tragedy of that horrific day, we saw the good side of humanity. We will never forget the carnage, but we should never, ever forget the goodness that came from that day. Even though it doesn’t seem any good could come from such an event, God planted people within the mess who cared about other people. Their kindness and self-sacrifice should be imprinted in our minds forever. Without those attributes we would be nothing. Thank God for allowing His love to surface even in times of crisis.


As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. I love this post. Thank you for sharing this uplifting story.

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    • says:

      I found the documentary very uplifting. God always brings beauty out of ugliness and in this case He did with flying colors. I think we need to look at the positivity that came from that horrific day.

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  2. I meant to watch that last night— Gregory is out of town down at the deer land and I simply cut of the television as I was writing my post— I knew there was something I wanted to watch!!
    I love hearing of how we become our best when faced with the catastrophic!!!

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    • says:

      It’s really well done. I no you’ll enjoy it. Deer hunting already?

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      • Bushhogging food plots— it’s going to be a long season as we’re now further away— and most roads lead right through atlanta which makes him a nervous wreck. He’s having to go down, get a hotel room and meet his buddies— of course one has been driving up from Tampa on weekends for years— so now he’ll have Gregory’s a hotel buddy— so yep, this will be an interesting season and lord knows, I’ll be hearing about it!

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      • says:

        Of course you will, but will he?

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  3. No— he grouses louder 🤣

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  4. Sally says:

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I’m a Newfoundlander, and our help to others on 9/11 was very representative of our attitude of kindness to others. 🌷🌼

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  5. Kathy, thanks for sharing this summary. I seldom watch anything from 9/11, yet this post truly shows the goodness in people.

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