A Fitting Tribute

In an effort to find out which e-mails I get are true and which are not, I subscribed to snopes.com.  It is there that I found out that there is actually a warship being built using scrap steel from the World Trade Center.  The information comes from this ABC news story:

USS New York is the fifth in a new class of warship designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists….

When terrorists crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, destroying the twin towers and killing nearly 2,800 people, the $700 million ship was already on the drawing board but had not been assigned a name.

Months later, New York Gov. George Pataki asked the Navy to commemorate the disaster by reviving the name New York for a ship whose role would include fighting terrorism. That required an exception to Navy policy of assigning state names only to nuclear submarines, as they had been to battleships in earlier era.

Then-Navy Secretary Gordon England, in announcing the decision, said the New York would "project American power to the far corners of the Earth and support the cause of freedom well into the 21st century." Its motto is "Never Forget," a slogan among New Yorkers since Sept. 11….

Later ships in the class will include USS Arlington, the location of the Pentagon, also struck by a hijacked jetliner on Sept. 11, and USS Somerset, named for the Pennsylvania county where United Flight 93 crashed after its passengers fought off hijackers apparently planning to attack another Washington target.

This usage of the scrap steel from the tragedy that occurred on 9/11 seems to me to be a fitting tribute to those who died that day. 




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