I think we can all remember where we were on September 11th, 2001. It is a day that all Canadians came together to not only support each other but also travellers from all nations who were stranded in Canada. Gander, Newfoundland alone took in 7,000 stranded passengers. My parents, in Halifax, took in a family from France; they exchange Christmas letters each year as they have become friends. I know that numerous people and families did the same throughout our country. I was actually more than mid-flight to Calgary from Halifax that morning.

I always say hi to whomever is sitting beside me on my flights, this flight though; I chatted with the couple beside me and found out that they were visiting their daughter at U of C for the first time. We were forced to land in Winnipeg without knowing what had happened. There was confusion on the part of all passengers and TV crews throughout the airport. We had stayed together as there was so much confusion. When it became clear we were not flying anywhere that day, still not knowing what had actually happened, the couple made a decision to try to drive to Calgary. They lucked into the last vehicle that could be rented at the airport, a minivan, and offered to take me to Calgary and so we began our 12 hour journey to Calgary. We listened to the news and couldn’t comprehend what had occurred that morning but we also chatted and really got to know each other. As luck would have it, they had to drive past my apartment to see their daughter and in the early hours the following morning we arrived in Calgary. They will always be a special and happy memory on such a heart wrenching day.

These stories of how we all came together are heartwarming and show the spirit of giving we have in this country.

Tanya GS – Coril Holdings Ltd.

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