When he was just a year old, FDR’s parents started spending summers on Campobello Island at the south end of Canada’s Bay of Fundy. For the rest of his life, his “beloved island” would be a place both he and Eleanor would return to again and again. For FDR, those days would end when he was carried from the island on a stretcher after being stricken with polio in 1921.
In 1964, Roosevelt Campobello International Park was established as a symbol of the friendship between the US and Canada. The Visitors Center highlights three significant events that exemplify the deep bonds forged by our two countries.
- The 1917 explosion in Halifax Nova Scotia is considered the worst non-nuclear explosion in history. Americans, and especially the people of Boston, sent significant aid, including supplies, disaster experts, and medical personnel.
- For 79 days during the 1979 hostage crisis in Teheran, six Americans who escaped found refuge at the residences of the Canadian Ambassador and another Canadian diplomat.
- When the US closed its airspace on September 11, 2001, planes were diverted to Canada. From Newfoundland to Vancouver, 33,000 stranded passengers were cared for by Canadians.
As I looked out over the tranquil waters near our campsite at Herring Cove, I couldn’t help but remember the hurricane victims whose lives have been flooded with turmoil and tragedy this past week. Our thoughts are with them during these difficult days, and with all who have come to their aid. I’m sure some of our neighbors from the north and south are among those that are there to help