A Navy assault ship built with steel from the World Trade Center, The USS New York, sailed up the Hudson River Monday morning, stopped beside the World Trade Center site and issued a 21-gun salute. From there, the ship will dock at Pier 88. The official commissioning will take place Saturday. And what an impressive vessel.The USS New York is 684 feet long and can carry up to 800 Marines. Its flight deck that can handle helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Approximately 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel was melted at the Bradken Inc. foundry in Amite (a-MEET), La., and used in the New York’s bow. The commissioning of this ship will coincide with a 9/11 memorial which is opening at the Intrepid Museum.
Memorial For 9/11 Victims Opens At Intrepid Museum
A new memorial for the innocents murdered on September 11 was unveiled at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Saturday. Two large pieces of steel from the World Trade Center now rest on the pier, along with a plaque in honor of the victims. Governor Paterson said the tribute embodies the spirits of those who sacrificed. “It is an honor, a solemn honor to be here today and hope that this gesture that the intrepid is making will serve in many ways to enlighten those who still suffer.” The governor also said he hopes the memorial will offer families a place to grieve.