GANDER, N.L. – As the United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks today, Canadians will also be pausing to reflect on the tragedy and their connections to it.
Several events will be held in Gander, N.L., where nearly 7,000 plane passengers were stranded for three days when all flights were grounded.
Thousands are expected to attend an ecumenical service at the town’s community centre, including Halifax-based U.S. Consul General Steven Giegerich and the province’s Premier Dwight Ball.
The Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce says the ceremony, organized with the Canadian National Day of Service Foundation and Wounded Warriors Canada, will commemorate the tragedy but also raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A piece of steel beam from the south tower of the World Trade Center will also be unveiled during a ceremony at the town’s airport, a thank you gift from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a New York firefighter killed while helping to rescue people from the World Trade Center’s twin towers.
In Ottawa, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is expected to reflect on 9/11 when he speaks at an event honouring firefighters.