You Are Here: A Come From Away Story

September 10, 2019

On the 18th Anniversary of 9/11, a story of love and hope.

Everyone remembers where they were on 9/11. The images are burned in our brains forever. A generation was shaped with loss and war. Thousands were killed in NYC, DC and PA. Millions more would serve at home and abroad after. It's a line in the sand referred to as "Pre 9/11" or "Post 9/11". It changed the world as we knew it. 

18 years ago I was in the WAAF studio in Boston, trying to figure out what to do. We were on the air, no music, no commercials... Just talking and listening as we watched everything change in the world through the TV screen. Planes from Boston never arrived safely, we cried, we hugged, and we mourned. We collected donations and mobilized supplies. In that moment of loss, the world stopped, and then we joined hands and mobilized. 9/12 was filled with unity, a unity we have not seen or heard of since.

13 years ago, I found myself in Baghdad Iraq embedded with troops from New England. 5 years later, I was in Kabul Afghanistan doing the same. 

Now, I'm in my office where a calendar still hangs from September 2001, that I never could flip to October, or take down. It's a reminder of loss.

18 years ago in Gander Newfoundland, the town of 9000 woke up to another beautiful day, then they heard the news, and within hours had 38 jumbo jets at their airport, grounded by the FAA because US airspace was closed. 7000 refugees were on those flights from all over the world. No one knew if more terrorists were among the passengers, and no one knew how long they would be there. They came from different backgrounds, religions, countries, and spoke different languages, but the "Ganderites" welcomed them all with love, support, hugs, and food. 

You Are Here: A Come From Away story is a documentary that tells the story of Gander following 9/11. 

Watch the trailer below.

See it in theaters on 9/11/2019

For more info about the film click here

I spoke to some of the people featured in the cast, including Nick & Diane Marson who met on 9/11 in Gander, fell in love, married, and went back to Gander for their honeymoon. 

Oz Fudge, the Police Chief in Gander on 9/11.

Peter Gentile, the producer of this amazing film

Captain Beverly Bass, who landed one of the 777's in Gander on 9/11.

The podcast is linked here as well.

The film also documents the unlikely musical, inspired by the story. Come From Away is headed to Boston.

To see Come From Away, the musical Click Here

We will never forget the victims, the first responders, those who still battle illness from that day, the troops who have served and those that have died serving since 9/11.

This story, is proof positive that in our darkest hour, there is always someone willing to tun on a light.