On the Anniversary of 9/11 a Letter of Appreciation to Canadians


On the anniversary of the attacks on the U.S., a letter of appreciation from one American in the Montreal Gazette.

Fourteen years ago, when U.S. airspace was spontaneously closed to arriving flights in the aftermath of the terror attacks, inbound aircraft were diverted.
From the Atlantic Provinces to Ontario and Quebec, landing rights were granted to those flights. Canadians opened their homes, their hearths and their hearts to those uninvited but now welcomed guests to Canada.

They did so without fanfare. They did so without expectation of monetary gain. They did so because they are at their core decent and compassionate people to a one.

It’s a lesson that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker should also heed. You don’t build a wall to keep out people, who, in a moment of crisis, opened their hearts, their homes, and their nation to Americans. For that, we should remain open to them as well.

Edward B. Ryder IV, Greenlawn, N.Y.

Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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