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Gander, five other communities inducted into volunteer hall of fame

Towns awarded for helping passengers on 9/11 


Published on July 11, 2017

Gander and five other municipalities have been inducted into the volunteer hall of fame.

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that Gander and five other communities have been recognized for helping stranded passengers during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The municipalities of Gander, Appleton, Glenwood, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Gambo were all inducted into the volunteer hall of fame, as per a press release Tuesday.

The municipalities were inducted for volunteers that worked tirelessly to show “unconditional love and service in every imaginable facet” to those stranded and shocked by the tragedy.

Gander’s mayor, Claude Elliott, said he was honoured to hear that the town was once again being recognized for its role on 9/11.

“It’s certainly great news because this award is for the people, the residents of Gander,” said Elliott. “Without the people’s assistance, it would have been much more difficult.”

Furthermore, Elliott noted the importance of recognizing the other communities that helped during the tragedy.

“It’s also nice to know that our sister communities are being recognized for this great, great honour,” he said.

Brian Sceviour, the mayor of Lewisporte, said he was happy to see the townspeople’s hard work rewarded.

“I know when 9/11 occurred, we had the support from every organization in town. It was certainly great to see everybody coming together at that time,” he said.

Sceviour also touched on the importance of highlighting the role that towns outside of Gander played throughout the ordeal.

“It’s a great honour and we certainly appreciate being nominated and being recognized in this way,” he said.

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