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State's Shipbuilders Honor 9/11
As published in the New Orleans Times-Picayne Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England, Washington, DC, Monday, September 11, 2006

New Orleans Times-Picayune

State's Shipbuilders Honor 9/11

Monday, September 11, 2006

As we mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11, the president remains steadfast in his resolve to protect America.

To honor those who were killed on 9/11 the U.S. Navy has named three ships. When construction began on the first ship, the U.S.S. New York, skilled foundry workers in Amite carefully melted down 24 tons of World Trade Center steel to form the bow of this impressive ship. Ships honoring the other heroes of that day, U.S.S. Arlington and U.S.S. Somerset, are likewise being built by the talented workers in the shipyards of New Orleans.

The world changed forever on 9/11. But, thanks to the dedicated shipbuilders of Amite and New Orleans, America will never forget the heroes of 9/11.

Gordon England, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Washington DC