Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remains of the World Trade Center

"Never forget!"

The "USS New York" is the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named after the state of New York. She rose out of the ashes of 9/11 - and now it’s time to go back to her birthplace.

The ship is notable for using steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center, after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks. It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. 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: Strength forged through sacrifice. Never  Forget!

The ship sailed down the Hudson River on Thursday and her passengers included 170 members of the 9/11 Families Association, which includes first responders and families of victims. She will anchor near ground zero for ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks this year.

With the words Man your ship and bring her to life the world will change, at least for us. She will never fill the hole, but she will fill our hearts.


XLMIC said...

This is a beautiful post. I had no idea about this ship. I love the motto and the closing words especially :) Thanks so much for this!

Wishing for you a lovely and joyous and peaceful tomorrow :)

Expat with Kids said...

Thanks. It suprised me as well. A friend of mine sent it to me knowing that my Dad had served in the Navy many, many years ago!

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