The World Trade Center Reincarnate

Out of the ashes comes the U.S.S. New York

In 1898, looking for a headline that could sell some newspapers, William Randolph Hearst, owner of the New York Sun, told a journalist in Cuba to remain there, adding, "You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war."

This came in response to the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine. The subsequent outrage among the American public caused the now famous "Remember the Maine" rallying cry to be coined.

More than a century has passed since that phrase became popular, but I am reminded of the expression when I view pictures of the new battleship, the U.S.S. New York, whose motto is "Never Forget."

What makes this motto significant is how this ship came to be in existence. September 11, 2001 is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in American history. Muslim extremists hijacked several airplanes, two of which slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Subsequent to those impacts, of course we all know that the towers collapsed, killing thousands of Americans, many of whom were firefighters trying to clear the buildings.

In the years to come, work was performed to clean up the site, which had come to be known as "Ground Zero." But what became of the steel that had once gave form to the towers?

We can account for at least 24 tons of it when we look at the U.S.S. New York. Yes, it's true. In a classic thumbing of our collective nose at the likes of Osama bin Laden, we have built a battleship from the steel of the World Trade Center. What is particularly poignant is the purpose that this battleship exists to serve.

The U.S.S. New York will carry 360 sailors and 700 United States Marines, who will be prepared to go ashore using amphibious vehicles, designed to carry out anti-terrorist missions.

The chances of my dream coming true are remote at best, but I would love nothing more than to have crew from this glorious ship be responsible for capturing Osama bin Laden, and have him brought to U.S. soil on board the ship made of steel from the buildings he destroyed, along with thousands of innocent Americans.

With any luck, just as Americans still "Remember the Maine" more than 100 years after it was attacked, Americans in 2109 will Never Forget this beautiful ship, and the men and women who died so it could be created.

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

right on...I got an e-mail with this photo and wish I had made a hub like you did. This is great and I am with you all the way...One day it will happen...Thanks G-Ma :O) hugs & Peace


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

I know they say that to forgive is divine, but I guess I'm still a sinner trying to become a saint. I just can't forgive bin Laden and the rest of his terrorist pals. Thanks for the note G-Ma!


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

Oh I got this in an Email too! When I heard about it, I had to go tell everyone!

It was such a grand idea to make a ship from the rubble of the twin towers. I wish I would've come up with it first!!!

Great hub Crash!


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Yes, I gather the email with these pictures has been circulating on the internet for a couple years. I was surprised to find that because it was the first I had heard of it. I guess it just took a while to work its way into my inbox!

Thanks MamaDragonfly!

Jim


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

Must be the same with me, because I just heard of it with the Email also!


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Well, hopefully the word will get out a little more. Thanks for writing again MamaDragonfly!


mdawson17 7 years ago

Awesome hub! I never knew they had made a battle ship out of Ground Zero! Good Info!! You have out together a very informative hub!!!

mdawson17


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Mdawson - Thanks for the comment, but the credit really goes to my Aunt Wendy who regularly feeds me such items. As I noted above, I had never heard this news until it showed up in my inbox, but I wish more people would hear about it, which is why I created this hub.

Jim


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nms 7 years ago from Cochin

good info


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

crash, you say-" I know they say that to forgive is divine, but I guess I'm still a sinner trying to become a saint. I just can't forgive bin Laden and the rest of his terrorist pals." I'm a Christian and try to forgive my enemies but these terrorists aren't getting my forgiveness. I'm letting The Lord decide what to do with these bottom dwellers.

Great Hub!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I read about this! Great job!


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crashcromwell 6 years ago from Florida Author

I had never heard about it until the photos arrived in my inbox. It was quite a moving piece! Thanks for the comment Habee!

Jim

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