Thursday, August 21, 2008

Here SHE is...

Here is the USS New York, made from the World Trade Center !

USS New York ....It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. This ship 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 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" A lot of people know how I feel about the good ole US of A...... I just wanted to Let others see what we are made of in this country!


val said...

that is wonderful! I didn't know they were making ships out of the steel from the WTC. Funny husband grew up in Amite...small world.

joolzmac said...

What a fantastic vision. Just reading about them using the steel for this purpose made me goosebumpy. A wonderful memorial to all those souls.
Julie in South Australia

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to find positivity out of such tragedy.

Lest we forget.