Naval Ships rising from the ashes of 9/11
On Sept. 11, 2019, the 18th anniversary of the terrorists attacks upon our soil, we must again remember, honor and reflect on those who perished, and the families and friends they left behind. We must keep our flags flying and participate in ceremonies that will keep the memories alive for the past, present and all future generations.
On Nov. 25, 2003, the U.S. Navy announced that they would name a ship the USS New York, to honor the victims of the attacks. On March 1, 2008, the ship was christened and approximately 7.5 short tons of the steel used in the ship’s construction came from the World Trade Center.
On Sept. 9, 2004, the Navy announced that two sister ships of the USS New York would be named, and they were the USS Arlington and the USS Somerset, both in commemoration of the places where two of the other planes used in the attacks crashed.
On March 26, 2011, the USS Arlington was christened and steel taken from the Pentagon is displayed aboard the ship. On July 28, 2012, the USS Somerset was christened and has nearly 22 tons from a crane that stood near Flight 93’s crash site and was cast into her bow stem.
We honor those who perished in the attacks on the New York World Trade Center towers that included: Flight 175 with 51 passengers and nine crew members, Flight 11 with 76 passengers and 11 crew members, and those in the towers, firefighters, police, response teams, medical and other agencies and individuals (2,605), for a total of 2,752 victims. I lost 15 of my fellow Villanova graduates in the towers.
We honor those who perished in the Pentagon attack in Arlington, Virginia, that included Flight 77 with 53 passengers and six crew members, and those in the Pentagon that included 125 military and civilian personnel for a total of 184 victims. I lost my Northrop Grumman Corp. co-worker, Julian Cooper.
We honor those who perished on a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, whose actions on board the aircraft prevented the aircraft from continuing on the course to what has been determined our White House, including Flight 93 with 33 passengers and seven crew members, for a total 40 and an unborn child.
Like our three Naval ships that have risen from the ashes to protect our principals, and honor our 9/11 victims, we too must continue to love our country, appreciate and express that we are Americans, and thank our military, and various agencies that are responsible for the protection of our country.
On Sept. 11, 2019, and all future Sept. 11 days, we must remember our 9/11 victims, not who they were, but who they are.
God Bless America, our 9/11 victims and families, our military, our veterans, our wounded warriors, our three Navy ships and crews and our citizens.
In remembering, there is peace.
Michael H. Skurecki
Submitted via email