The US Ambassador to Canada was in Appleton for its annual 9-11 commemoration ceremonies.
The town was among many communities in Newfoundland and Labrador that took in and welcomed thousands of airline travelers stranded in the province when North American airspace was closed due to the terrorist attacks on New York, and the Pentagon on September 11th, 17 years ago.
Kelly Craft accepted an invitation to visit Gander and Appleton, telling those in Appleton yesterday that Gander will always be remembered for embodying the meaning of friendship and humanity.
There is nowhere I’d rather have spent today than at the Appleton Peace Park, paying tribute to those who lost so much 17 years ago and giving thanks to the Newfoundlanders who so graciously opened their hearts and homes to stranded travelers in their time of need. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/EoBdugl0kb
— Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbCanada) September 11, 2018
Among those who paid a return visit to central Newfoundland over the last few days was Nick and Diane Marson- two “plane people” who met as strangers in Gambo and fell in love.
They’re featured in the hit musical “Come From Away.” They viewed a sneak preview of the HBO Canada documentary “You Are Here: A Come From Away Story” on the weekend.
Diane, an American, recounts the romantic moment they met. It was in line while waiting for blankets. They struck up a conversation about mothballs, which Nick, who is from the UK, called Camphor.