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Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 2:08 pm

I just watched an excellent documentary (ok the last bit got a little heavy handed) about all the passengers who were stranded in maritime provinces, and the hospitality that the Canadians gave the passengers. It was called "Stranded Yanks" on PBS, an excellent watch.

It is a forgotten story of 9-11, and I never realized what effect 30,000 passengers must have had in these very small Canadian cities. I was so caught up in the main story, and didn't realize the wonderful story that was happening up north.

The passengers were brought to local high schools, churches, and other buildings that can handle stranded passengers. Local people automatically brought supplies such as food, toothbrushes, and other necessities without a request. They knew people needed these things, and brought them. They also created wonderful friendships during this time.
I don't think we've thank our Canadian neighbors for their response during 9-11. It was a big responsibility, and they reacted like a member of the family. They provided support and did what was needed of them. They did this without question, nor asked for any reward. In fact, they we proud to do this, and help USA through a dreadful moment. As an American I would like to extend my humblest thanks to our neighbors to the north. We leaned heavy on you, and you were there to support us. (Sorry that my sap meter reached overdrive, but I needed to say it).
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 2:13 pm

Anyone have info on a future airing of this program?  Smile
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 2:19 pm

"Anyone have info on a future airing of this program?"
At least in Bay Area, it won't happen again this week.
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 9:18 pm

I agree, Spark. We have truly GREAT neighbors to the north. My sincerest thanks go out to every one of them.
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 11:33 pm

I turned the TV on to Boston's CH. 2 at 9pm and they had a documentary on 9-11 that went on and on and on...but no 'Stranded Yanks' show. PBS up here in New Hampshire (Ch. 11) showed some old Britich TV sitcom. What's the deal? I thought I read here that this show would air Tuesday at 9pm and it wasn't on  Sad
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 11:52 pm

PBS only rarely re-shows it's programs. You can buy some of them online at But they cost and arm&leg.
I was lucky to get the 3 shows I wanted to see on tape. I learned a lot of things I did not know from watching "Why the Towers Fell" "Stranded Yanks"

Alot of them seem to be Re-airing on 9-12 around 2:00am to 5:00am, But thats in my area (SoFla) you should be able to find local listing for your area's if you do a little digging at
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Wed Sep 11, 2002 11:54 pm

I'm sorry,

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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 1:55 am

Spark, I want to thank you so much for this wonderful thread/topic. You made me smile, which today of all days, was not easy for me to do. You also brought a tear to my eye, and I don't care if that sounds "sappy" at all! Thank you. Merci, Monseiur!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

It's so true that "actions speak louder than words", and it makes me proud that my wonderful countrymen more than displayed their care and concern for our Amercian neighbours, and indeed all those from other countries around the world, who found themselves stranded in Canada (many for up to 5 days) on that horrific and unfortunate day.

Not only did Canadians welcome Amercians into their homes, many of them travelled to New York City on September 11 and in the days that followed to offer any assistance they could. Many, many thanks to the Canadian Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and members of the Canadian Red Cross,
along with countless Canadian civilian volunteers, who offered their skills, and their hearts to the people of New York City.

And to those incredible, incredible "Newfies" (said with great affection) of Gander, Gambo, Lewisporte, and other small towns in Newfoundland, you people are truly a special, special breed. You all are the personification of
what humanity should strive to be.

Our hearts go out to all of the victims of 9/11, and indeed to the surviving family members and friends of those lost.

That's all I wanted to say here, in this little message "between friends and

All Our Love,

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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 2:59 am

God Bless Canada.

Your brothers and sisters in America will always
stand on guard with thee.

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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 3:26 am

I watched it last night. It was amazing, just what I needed. With so much sad news and stories, I watched this with a huge smile on my face and felt great as the end credits rolled. The show was brilliant on showing how well the Canadians helped out with those stranded passengers that day.

Thanks so very much Canada!!!

What about your own town or city? It might be nice to hear some more nice stories that came from the effects to air travel after 9/11.

I remember here in Charlotte, NC we had many flights that were diverted here that day. Many were put up in hotels right away, but I remember one story in particular that I will never forget. They showed a guy on the news upset because he was on his way to see his sister who was on her death bed in Buffalo, NY. A lady watching, dropped everything and drove to the airport to look for the guy. She found him and offered to drive him the 12 hours it took to get there with no questions asked. He took her up on the offer and the news crew was there as they packed up the van and drove away. The next day there was an update that they had made it there safe and she was starting her return trip back to Charlotte.

Now that is one cool lady. There is a similar story on the show "Stranded Yanks". If you ever get a chance to see it I highly recommend it!
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 4:29 am

As a Canadian, thanks for all the kind comments and words. It is so simple to say this, but seldom true elsewhere in the world between states: I'm sure you would have done it for us too. In this sense, we are all members of the same continental family.

Please also remember that our contribution regarding 9/11 went further than just relief aid to the tens of thousands of stranded travellers. We sent infantry, aircraft, special forces and warships to support the war in Afghanistan. Indeed, there is even some talk of awarding Canadian snipers with a US citation for their tremendous kill rate. I know that in America, with its massive military, that these types of actions are routine in some sense but for us, a country with a tiny population in global terms, sending so many men and women overseas caused significant grief and heartache for countless small communities across Canada. Like other participants in Afghanistan, some of our boys didn't come home either.

Thanks again on behalf of all Canucks.
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 8:17 am

If you ever need a hand, just call on us Newfies. Proud to call CYQX, and Canada home.
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:03 am

I have read, at length, the various stories (mostly in web pages) about the incredible hospitality of our friends to the north. Without shame, I admit I get choked up about it.

One can scarcely imagine how difficult it was for those aboard the diverted aircraft, especially when they approached and landed at Gander, Halifax, etc. and saw the crowds of jumbo jets on the tarmac. Armageddon? The way the Canadians pulled it all together- did what simply could not be done (by any rational and logical measure)- was and is the stuff of legends.

I will visit this place they call the "Maritime Provinces," and when I do, I'll say "thanks" in person. Something tells me it will be received with grace and dignity.
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:15 am


I read an article about Canadian forces in Afghanistan. All I say is this, there's nothing more dangerous than a Canuck with a sniper rifle.
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:28 am

I'm a flight attendant for a major US airline and was stranded in Stephenville, New Foundland for 5 days. I just wanted to add my heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful folks in that small town who took such good care of us and our 200+ passengers. I think of you often, especially today. Thank you!
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:36 am

Was anyone more helpful and supportive then the great Maple Leaf people to the North! O Canda! we thank u!
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RE: Stranded Yanks- 9-11-01

Thu Sep 12, 2002 11:59 am

On behalf of all Americans who posted such kind remarks, this Canadian, on behalf of all others would just like to say thank you / merci!  Smile  Smile  Smile