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.