They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed.
Gander, a small town on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, played host to thousands of people who came off 38 diverted jets and 4 military aircraft during the chaos of 9/11.
My parents recently read this book detailing that remarkable story, and recommended it to me. It’s a fitting recommendation from my parents, my lifelong models – the most thoroughly hospitable people I know.