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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Never Forget

Another anniversary of September 11 has rolled around and terrorism is
a fact of life unfortunately.
Rather than writing something trite about the anniversary I decided to
post this article on the USS New York which I found very moving.

The USS New York

The ships bow section was cast using 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 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"

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Lee said...

I still get cold shivers and a fathomless feeling of sorrow when I remember that fateful day. I watched the whole horror from 10.30pm on our Monday night....it was and still is unbelievable. The despicable act changed our world as we knew it, forever.

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ I remember this day all too well. I was on my drive to work when I heard about the first plane going into the World Trade Center building. No one was too sure what caused it. When I got in the office we turned on the TV and it was right as the second plane hit the other tower and it was obvious (at least to me) that we were under attack. I WILL NEVER FORGET! Thanks for this Peter... "FREE people" everywhere are STILL under attack! ~ jb///

Walker said...

Out of the burning flames Vulcan will forge a new blade to strike down those who threaten the innocent.

JunieRose2005 said...

Thanks Peter, for the tribute and remembrance.


Jamie Dawn said...

Great post.
We will never forget!!
I pray we never have to live through such a devastating loss again.

Rachel said...

I saw this ship on the History Channel. I thought it was a great way to use up some of that steel.

Lately the History Channel have had lots of stuff on about 9/11 as well and I've been watching it. I will never forget and we must never let our guard down. I was at work that day and we watched it on TV. I was in total shock I think. It was horrible. Then my step daughter was only about a block from the Pentagon that day working in Washington, D.C. I spent some time on the phone trying to find out about her. She was fine but they were close enough to hear it and see the smoke. No, I won't ever forget!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I can't top that....

TLP said...

It was the strangest, longest day...the shock,the disbelief.

I live in Pennsylvania. We were close enough for our fire departments to send men and women to help.

Puss-in-Boots said...

That act of terrorism ripped our innocence from us in a way no-one dreamed possible.

I like your tribute, Peter, it is different and a very positive one, too.

Merle said...

Hi Peter ~~ Great post. I saw this article in one of the papers and thought how good it was to use the steel from the World Trade Center.
Say Hi to all the folks. Take care,
Love, Merle.

smilnsigh said...

Your sister sent me over to read this entry, by you. And I'm so glad she did.

And I thank you for this. For all sorts of reasons, of course. And one being that I live in New York State.

Beautiful and moving entry. Again thank you.

Upper NYS

Hale McKay said...

A very nice touch and a good angle to approach the subject. I too, saw the footage on the History Channel about the construction of the New York.

I salute you.

Pamela said...

beauty from ashes.

I love mae of the dae (today)

signature, huh?