The U.S. Consul General thanked the people of Ontario on Friday for their efforts to help his country after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
A plaque was unveiled that will be placed in front of the Consulate on University Ave. on Sunday. Two other plaques will be placed at Pearson airport and Hamilton airport, to recognize the support Canadians showed to Americans during those tragic moments.
“You opened not only your airports, but also your homes and hearts and gave food, shelter, medical attention and hope to Americans in their time of need,” said Consul General Kevin Jackson, as he unveiled the plaques at his residence.
Following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Pearson airport received 14 diverted planes and more than 2,000 diverted passengers who were unable to land at their U.S. destinations. Hamilton airport received four planes.
“The bottom line is, we have the best neighbours any country has ever had, and for that we will be eternally grateful,” Jackson said, adding Canadians have also been helpful towards the U.S. in other crises they faced.
Memorials marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks are being held all day across the city Sunday.
At 9:15 a.m., Rev. Andrew Stirling will be delivering a sermon called “9/11 Revisited” during a service at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. (230 St. Clair Ave. W.)
At 9:45 a.m., the Toronto Emergency Services is paying tribute to emergency workers who died in the line of duty. A 21-gun salute will be fired and there will be speeches by Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, Fire Chief Bill Stewart and EMS Chief Bruce Farr. (Nathan Phillips Square)
At 9:50 a.m., Markham Fire and Emergency Services will join York Regional Fire Departments, York Regional Police and Emergency Medical Services in honouring those who gave their lives during 9/11. The 30-minute ceremony will take place at the York Regional Administrative Office in Newmarket. (17250 Yonge St.)
At 10 a.m., Mississauga firefighters will be holding ceremonies at each fire station.
At noon, there will be a ceremony on the Winchester stage at the Cabbagetown Festival. A moment of silence will be observed. (Parliament and Winchester Sts.)
At 1 p.m., a peace vigil will take place at the Millennium Peace Garden at Woodbine Park. Retired fire captain Jim McGregor will perform a reading. (Near Coxwell and Eastern Aves.)