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9/11 In St. John’s

This article was posted on 9/9 but fitting for today.

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The staff of the St. John’s Maple Leafs shambled around their offices in disbelief that morning of 9/11, haunted by the TV images of the Twin Towers burning and collapsing and victims jumping out of the flaming skyscrapers.

They were still coming to grips, along with millions of others, that security as they’d known it no longer prevailed, even in their cozy island enclave where the real world rarely intruded.

The first direct consequence was their year of planning festivities for a visit by the parent NHL Leafs to show off their city and new rink — the Mile One Centre — was either cancelled or sure to be curtailed. But team president Glenn Stanford assembled them for a more immediate, important task.

“We got word from the U.S. that a number of flights were coming in to St. John’s and the rest of our province, to Gander, Goose Bay, Stephenville,” Stanford recalled. “The City called us to say our building ‘might be used in a different capacity’. At that point we didn’t know how many planes, five, 10 … 15.

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Paul's avatar

One of my new roommates lived in Manhattan on 9/11/01.  She was in grade school at the time and her father was a Dr.

He was called in to help at the WTC, his job was to only identify body parts.

That says it all.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/11/19 at 09:16 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

First of all, that was a really good article. But it was one of probably hundreds that could (and maybe have) been written about the way people took care of others, and one another, on 9/11. How people treated one another was one of the great “positives” that came out of that tragic day.

He was called in to help at the WTC, his job was to only identify body parts.

I think that shocked everyone. I remember watching footage of hospital staff and emergency personnel lined up outside hospitals or at staging areas waitng for a deluge of casualties, a deluge that never became more than a mere trickle. It really told the story of just how horrible that attack had been.

Now, 18 years later, there isn’t a high school student in this country who has a living recollection of that day. But for some of us “old timers,” it really seems like just yesterday. And it was nice that Hornby’s article could put some perspective on the good that came out of that event.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/11/19 at 11:54 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep OTC, just spoke with a 20 year-old, had no idea it happened today 18 years ago.

Felt it my duty to educate her on it with a little history.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/11/19 at 11:57 AM ET

SYF's avatar

It’s telling that those who weren’t there among this generation, some of them thought it wasn’t real and that Hollywood was the real cause of the mass hysteria and that it was special effects to gain viewership to the news stations.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/11/19 at 01:53 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/11/19 at 01:53 PM ET

First time I’ve ever heard that theory, SYF

Posted by EthrDemon on 09/11/19 at 04:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Yep.  They’re out there.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/11/19 at 06:56 PM ET

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