This is the USS New York. This is now seven years and two days old but I postponed publishing it until today, the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. It is the fifth in a new class of warship, designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody present.”
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the “hair on my neck stood up. It had a big meaning to it for all of us,” he said.
They knocked us down.
They can’t keep us down.
We’re going to be back.
The ship’s motto is “Never Forget.”
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BIGGER is BETTER?
…………..NOT after 2010, folks.
What a beautiful ship.
It is my mantra, too. I tell my girls every year at this time, “Never Forget” because when we do just that, all of those innocent lives will be for naught. Freedom, sadly, these days comes at a price. But just like our forefathers before us. we will fight the good fight for this blessed right.
I have an esteemed but sad souvenir of that tragic day–a large brick-like chunk of steel from the Twin Towers. I am not at liberty to say how I got it, but it holds a sacred place in my home and the weight of that brick is such a powerful reminder of what we lost and what will we never, ever forget.
God Bless the families of all of those lost on that day.
Great posting.Thanks for sharing it.
That is a beautiful ship, I bet the inside is grand too! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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