US warship a momento to 9/11 victims

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How deep, how awful and how un-forgettable are the scars of World Trade Centre attack? On the seventh anniversary of Terror attacks on US, citizens are still not ready to move on.... You may ask why forget the inhuman killings? How to forget the after-math of attacks? The utter loneliness after a special somebody passed-away, the empty space in the dining table...If we do forget, will the country forget the terror attacks? Then will not US just drop their war on terrorism? War on Taliban? Hunt and kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

US citizens generally and victims of terror attacks particularly, can heave a sign of relief as US is not in a hurry to forget anything. US will keep the memories alive by a Warship made by 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Centre. World Trade Center steel is used in the construction of new navy assault ship 'USS New York' mainly to carry out operations against terrorism.

The ship's motto being 'Never Forget', it is 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".

"It would be fitting if the first mission this ship would go on is to make sure that bin Laden is taken out, his terrorist organization is taken out," said Glenn Clement, a paint foreman. "He came in through the back door and knocked our towers down and (the New York) is coming right through the front door, and we want them to know that."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the World 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 goin g to be back".

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