Tuesday, July 3, 2012



Celebrate & Remember

USS New YorkUSS New York
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 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!


Celia Yeary said...

That is absolutely amazing!Thanks for the photo.

StephB said...

The photos are gorgeous Mona and speak to our military heritage - a fine celebration for our 4th of July. Thanks for reminding us all what the 4th is all about.


Maggie Toussaint said...

I'm so uniformed! This was great news to read. I'm glad we have such a great use for that steel.

I believe in protecting our fair shores. My dad was in the Coast Guard during WWII, so I've always had a fondness for ships like this.

Thanks for the nudge to my memory.

Mary Marvella said...

Amazing. Love the ship information. Love the coast Guard, too.

Mona Risk said...

I got this information from son-in-law. His father and grandfather were both navy officers. Thanks for all the comments.