USS New York To Hold Special 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The USS New York will be honoring the memory of those lost on 9/11 on Tuesday.
The ship was built with steel salvaged from the World Trade Center and is named in honor of the attacks on September 11, 2001.
“I couldn’t be more proud of serving in the Navy than serving on this ship,” said Command Master-Chief Ralph Perez, of the Bronx. “It’s really just a surreal feeling.”
In the past, the USS New York had arrived in New York Harbor during 9/11 commemorations but this year it is deployed at an unknown location.
Commanding Officer John Kreitz, who has been serving in the Navy for over 30 years, said crew members will remember 9/11 in their own way.
“We will present colors, we will definitely have a benediction and we’ll have some moments of silence,” Kreitz said. “We will have some people speaking of their remembrances of what happened on that day 11 years ago.”
The memorial ceremony will be held on the flight deck in front of about 1,100 people.
Crew members will begin by ringing the bell at the same minute that each of the hijacked planes made impact with their targets.