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Monday, August 25, 2008

Never Forget


 HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY



USS New YorkIt 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 th at 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 there.'









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? 'Never Forget'Please keep this going so everyone can see what we are m ade of in this country!

8 comments:

Amarinda Jones said...

No, I don't think anyone in any country will ever forget. What a fitting tribute to that memory. May it always sail calm waters.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

What a great project, Mona. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Kelly Kirch said...

That's beautiful. Everywhere it goes it will be a reminder of what we've been through and what we can pull ourselves out of in order to succeed. I love this nation.

Lise said...

I had seen these photos and the story behind the USS New York, but thank you for continuing to spread the word. It does show the true strength of our citizens.

Mona Risk said...

I felt goosebumps when my sister sent me these pictures. Her husband worked on the project and they were so proud of its completion. And I saw the World Trade Center three weeks after 911 My uncle and cousin were lucky to make it that day.

Mary Ricksen said...

Let's hope that history will stop repeating itself.
Great project.

Ashley Ladd said...

This is quite the monument. I had heard about the battleship but I appreciate the opportunity to see your pictures. Thanks.

Mona said...

wow! I never knew about the never forget ship! Thanks for posting this! Indeed it is a fitting tribute!