U.S.S.New York. Motto. Never Forget

Unique New Yorkers

I am not an American, but the place where I live (small Spanish island off the coast of west Africa, and I'm British) has many different news channels on T.V. The best ones are from America,

So ,yesterday morning it was a normal day for me to switch on what I would call "breakfast t.v."

Most days I see three people sitting on a sofa in a comfortable studio, so it was a bit of a shock to see the usual two men and a lady wrapped up very warmly in coats boots and gloves.

That was because they were not on a sofa but were sitting on three chairs on the deck of the new ship U.S.S. New YorK... The new ship that has used tons of steel retrieved from the wreckage of the twin towers to form part of the hull. I know very little about ships or even the difference between a sailor, and a marine. I do know they have all been very brave and yesterday whole crowds of them looked extremely happy to be there on that ship in New York.

Apparently it will soon sail to the war zone. How ironic!!! A battleship will be heading towards the enemy made up partly of the buildings the terrorists tore down .

I have to admire the spirit of all Americans who had such a shocking experience on 11th September 2001., and have bounced back to get on with their lives.

To actually take the ruins of that terrible day and use it to be part of a beautiful ship. A ship to be proud of and one that honours the thousands of people died on 9>11.

I had no idea until listening to this programme yesterday that the ship had been part-- in the making near New Orleans when hurricane Katrina hit. !!!!Amazingly , so many people working on that ship had to leave to rebuild their own homes, even their lives, yet the work carried on .

I try not to dwell on the horrendous happenings of september the 11thbut one image I can never get out of my head. It was filming live , the hundreds of people streaming down the smoke-filled stairs,all of them faces drained with shock, while right next to them going in the opposite direction UP the smokey stairwell, a long line of firefighter after firefighter.

That image hit me right in the gut, because it seems so natural to want to get out of a building like that. These firefighters didn't know if they were going up to floors that may collapse under them. Yet they were all looking straight ahead , ready to get at the job to be done. I will never forget that picture in my mind of those men and I cannot help but admire every one of them.

To see this tribute today with the new crew on U.S.S.New York, so proud they have bounced back, has touched my heart like a stabbing pain. I haven't detected any bitterness from you Americans. Anger--------yes.... and why not ? To be attacked in such a despicable way almost unimaginable on your own home soil.

There can't have been a New Yorker who was not affected in some way by that dreadful day. I hope today that just as many New Yorkers will be affected in a positive way. You deserve to celebrate. You have not let go. You will not forget. You've turned materials from a huge tragedyinto a beautiful ship the perfect name. U.S.S. New York. With the perfect motto .Never Forget..

It is sad that it has to be this way. All wars seem to be a ridiculous, hideous, waste of life.The sculpture outside the United Nations building is of a man beating his sword into a ploughshare. The verses on the wall of that same building are taken from the bible telling us the day will come when there will be no more war.

Yet according to all our history books , right down to todays' news, there seem to be more wars going on all over the world, every day of our lives. , The so called peacekeeping U.N. does not appear to be very united at all but United States of America. United New Yorkers??? You sure are.

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

Wasn't World War I the "war to end all wars"? Or was that WWII? In any event, we still have a lot of wars, simultaneusly, don't we?


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

I believe it was World War l that was supposed to be the war to end all wars , yet from its' end in 1918 until Hitler invaded Poland, which started World War 2 there were only 21 years !!! I don't think a day goes by without a war in some part of the world. It's very sad.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

It's very sad indeed. We need better leadership. We need to drown apathy with caring! Thank you Dim!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

always great to have your coments , Micky. Apathy is a killer.!!!

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