Rising from the ashes of 911
MICHAEL H. SKURECKI
On Sept. 11, 2019, the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks upon our soil, we must again remember, honor and reflect on those who perished and the families and friends they left behind.
We must keep our American flags flying, and participate in ceremonies that will keep the memories alive for the past, present and all future generations.
On Nov. 25, 2003 the United States Navy announced that it would name a ship the USS New York to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
On March 1, 2008, the ship was christened and approximately 7.5 short tons of the steel was in the ship’s construction that came from the two towers of the World Trade Center.
On Sept. 9, 2004 the USS Navy announced that two sister ships of the USS New York would be named, and they were the USS Arlington and the USS Somerset, both in commemoration of the places where two of the other planes used in the attack crashed.
On March 26, 2011 the USS Arlington was christened and steel taken from the Pentagon is displayed aboard the ship.
On July 28, 2012 the USS Somerset was christened and has nearly 22 tons from a crane that stood near Flight 93’s crash site and was cast into her bow stem.
We honor those who perished in World Trade Center towers who included: Flight 175, passengers (51), crew members (9), Flight 11, passengers (76), crew members (11) and those in the towers, firefighters, police, response teams, medical, and other agencies and individuals (2605), for a total of 2,752 victims. I lost 15 of my fellow Villanova graduates in the towers.
We honor those who perished in the Pentagon attack who included: Flight 77, passengers (53), crew members (6), and those in the Pentagon that included military and civilian personnel (125) for a total of 184 victims. I lost my Northrop Grumman Corp. co-worker, Julian Cooper.
We honor those who perished on a field near Shanksville in Pennsylvania’s Somerset County, whose actions on board the aircraft, prevented the aircraft from continuing on the course to what has been determined our White House, included: Flight 93, passengers (33), crew members (7), for a total (40) and an unborn child.
Like our three USS Navy ships that have risen from the ashes to protect our principals, and honor our 9/11 victims, we too must continue to love our country, appreciate and express that we are Americans, and thank our military, and various agencies that are responsible for the protection of our country.
On Sept. 11, 2019 and all future Sept. 11s, we must remember our 9/11 victims … not who they were, but who they are.
God Bless America, our 9/11 victims and families, our military, our veterans, our wounded warriors, our three USS Navy ships, their crews and our citizens.
In remembering, there is peace.