World Trade Center Lives On As Instrument Of American Retribution

I got an email that made my heart skip a beat.

The World Trade Center lives!

I think we all knew where we were when we first heard that terrorists had flown 747s into the World Trade Center.

I vividly remember the footage of people jumping from the top floors to avoid the flames. In the face of such inhuman evil, the image of Americans holding hands with one another as they leaped to their deaths still touches me as the ultimate picture of community and love in the face of inhumanity and hatred.

The World Trade Center lives! And I hope the victims of 9/11 are serving as the angels protecting this special ship.

Here’s the story that Snopes rated as “True” back in 2006:

With a year to go before it even touches the water, the Navy’s amphibious assault ship, USS New York, has already made history. It 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 Sept. 9, 2003, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there.

“It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.” Junior Chavers, foundry operations 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’

The ship has since launched (Dec 2007), but has not yet been officially commissioned. The event will occur in New York with great fanfare.

Another story comes from May 2008 from the New York Daily News.

Here is a picture of the big girl at her christening:

She’s beautiful – may she go out and do unto terrorists what they did unto the World Trade Center.

You go, girl.

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