USS New York--the newest ship in the Navy. ****
The hubster and I were invited to the commissioning of USS New York. A special day for a very special ship.
The commissioning of a ship is a celebration to welcome the ship and her crew into the fleet. But for USS New York, it was more than that.
7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center site are forged into the bow. The ship's motto, "Strength forged through Sacrifice. Never forget." reminds us of the terrorist attacks and pays tribute to all who were killed that day.
Because of the sun and shade, my photos are terrible. But I hope they capture some of the spirit. (Click on photo to make larger.)
The ceremony took place at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's pier. This was opposite from where USS New York is docked. This sign was on the Intrepid.
The band was on the Intrepid also
A few of the thousand people who attended
A Marine and his gal friend
At the end of the ceremony, USS New York's sponsor called out, "Bring the ship to life!" and the crew came running past us
and then lined up on USS New York's rail.
****(Everybody else in the ABC Along is up to "V"--I'm trying to catch up. My ABCs are focusing on NYS/NYC)