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Tours Available On U.S.S. New York For Veterans Week

Ship Was Constructed In Part Of Steel From Twin Towers
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USS New York arrives in NYC For Veterans Week. (credit: Eileen Lehpamer/1010 WINS)

USS New York arrives in NYC For Veterans Week. (credit: Eileen Lehpamer/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The U.S.S. New York was in town this weekend to help the city celebrate Veterans Day, and she will be open for public tours both Saturday and Monday.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the ship was built in part, from seven tons of steel salvaged from the rubble of 9/11. Those who step onboard will see the ship’s crest with the Twin Towers incorporated in the slogan, “Never forget.”

“They’re going to get to come see something they should be very proud of — their ship,” said commanding Officer Capt. Jon Kreitz.

Kreitz said New Yorkers will have an opportunity for a close-up look at the city’s namesake.

“They’re going to show them their capabilities,” he said. “They’re going to get to come in and see the kinds of landing craft, a lot of the equipment that the Marines and the sailors use in operating the ship.”

And of course, the tour guides will point out the World Trade Center steel forged into the bow.

“It’s in the bow and it’s throughout the ship and then there’s some commemorative places it’s actually on display on the ship as well,” Rear Admiral Richard Snyder told WCBS 880’s Smith. “It’s in the mind of the crew and everyone that steps forward on this ship. That’s really one of the first questions they ask: ‘so where’s the steel?'”

“They should be able to walk away knowing that they are well defended by very dedicated young men and women,” Kreitz said.

Tours of the U.S.S. New York will be available until 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The ship is moored at Pier 88.

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