By John T. Bennett - 09/06/11 05:05 PM EDT
A U.S. Navy ship built with World Trade Center steel will anchor in New York City's Hudson River as part of 10th anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that felled the iconic Manhattan buildings.
The Pentagon and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally announced Tuesday that the USS New York will arrive on Thursday and remain there for the city’s 9/11 anniversary ceremonies. The amphibious transport ship's bow stem was constructed with more than seven tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center towers.
“With the steel from the World Trade Center in her bow, the USS New York represents a powerful symbol of the deeply personal connection that New Yorkers have with our military and is a symbol of the courage and resilience of our nation,” Bloomberg said in a joint statement with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
Mabus said “every member of the crew has a tremendous sense of mission and appreciation of the unique role their ship plays for the citizens of New York.”
The ship, built by Northrop Grumman before it exited the ship-building sector, “is an emblem of the strength and renewed spirit of a city that was damaged but never defeated. She and her crew belong with the family members of the victims and the first responders in New York City on the tenth anniversary of 9/11,” Mabus said.
When the USS New York pulls into the waters near her namesake city, it will be carrying 170 members of the 9/11 Families Association, which is composed of family members of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and first responders.
View photos of the USS New York here.