Grinding Gears...gone fishing!
Being a NY'er who lost friends here and not seeing the towers from anywhere on the island I live on right across the water from them..this pisses me off!
What happened to "Never Forget"?
What happened to "Never Forget"?
Ship built from Twin Towers steel to miss observance of 10th 9/11 anniversary
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The warship linked to 9/11 lore will not be part of the 10th-anniversary commemoration ceremonies in September of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and the nation.
The USS New York, forged of steel from the fallen Twin Towers, will not be in New York Harbor on Sept. 11, as some here had hoped.
"The Navy made a big deal of it when it was originally commissioned," said Dennis McKeon of the 9/11-inspired organization Where-To-Turn. "They linked it to 9/11. Why wouldn't they want to have it here, on that day, so people could visit it?"
"It's going to be a tough day for a lot of us," said Donald Ruland, Staten Island trustee of the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association. "Anything relative to 9/11, we would love to see it here then."
But a spokeswoman for the Bloomberg administration, Evelyn Erskine, said the ship is "not planing to be docked in New York at that time."
Homeported in Norfolk, Va., the USS New York was built with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in its bow.
It was commissioned at the site of the Intrepid Museum on Manhattan's West Side on Nov. 7, 2009. Five days earlier, the ship stopped across from the World Trade Center site, dipped its flag and delivered a 21-gun salute. Members of the FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police, along with 9/11 families and veterans, stood on the shore and returned the salute.
Islanders who visited the ship at that time told the Advance that the crew was proud of its attachment to New York City.
Sept. 11 widow Madeline Bergin said she heard from members of the ship's crew a few days ago that they would not be in New York as they'd anticipated.
She said she was "horrified."
"They have to be here for the 10th anniversary," said Ms. Bergin. "It's an outrage. That ship is a floating memorial. We all assumed that since the ship was made out of 9/11 steel that it would be here on 9/11."
Grasmere artist Scott LoBaido, who is on a 50-state flag-painting tour, called the omission "pretty disgusting."
"That ship is built from the wreckage of 9/11," said LoBaido, who plans to be back in New York City by Sept. 11. "That ship is 9/11. It is heart-wrenching that it is being overlooked."
"It would be great to see it," said Charles Renda of New Springville, whose wife, Karen, worked in Tower 1 and perished in the attack. "I would love to have it here. I'm a very sentimental, patriotic person. Any kind of a salute is great."
"It would certainly mean a lot to our firefighters," added Ruland. "Firefighters have always shared a common bond with the armed services. We are both in dangerous professions and we sacrifice our lives. I question why it won't be here."
U.S. Naval offices in New York and Norfolk did not respond to several queries regarding the USS New York's status on Sept. 11.
"I don't know if there is some kind of logistical problem," said McKeon.
"I would have to think this is an oversight," said Gus Martine, secretary of the Greenridge Elks Lodge, which feted sailors from the USS New York in 2009 at a dinner in the lodge. "But it is a naval vessel. It has to go where the Navy sends it."