Two TowersPosted: June 21, 2009
As a child of the Vietnam war era, I’m not inclined to be much interested in warcraft. A long-time friend, a gentle man who served our country in many ways, Jay Cummins, forwarded this to me. It touched me.
Here SHE is, the USS New York, made from the World Trade Center. She 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 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 September 9, 2003 ‘those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,’ recall Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.” Junior Cavers, foundry opetations 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.
Notice the two towers.