USS New York: Rising From the Ashes

Anyone who boards the USS New York will, as the ship's motto says, "Never Forget." Reminders of Sept. 11, 2001, extend beyond the ship's bow, built with 7½ tons of World Trade Center steel. A steel plate recovered from the World Trade Center rubble is displayed above one of the most-used passageways, and a firefighter's helmet reminds sailors of the first responders who sprung to action. Even the ship's daily prayer ritual — the chaplain chooses the name of someone who died in the attacks to honor — makes it impossible to forget. The crew of nearly 400 sailors and Marines will tell you that the ship and what it stands for is special.