missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a
crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore
by helicopters and assault craft. Steel from the World Trade Center was
melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section.
When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough
steelworkers treated it with total reverence,'recalled Navy Capt. Kevin
Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.'
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade
center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my
neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said. 'They
knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.'
The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'
I just want to take the time to recognize all those who have served for Country and for Freedom. As Christians we can reflect on this daily and undertand what loss and then what victory means to be a CHRISTian. Jesus told the Pharisees that they could knock down this temple and it would be rebuilt in three days. What the Pharisees did not know was that Jesus was talking about himself. They tried to destroy the Temple, our most holiest priest and it wasn't just the Pharisees or the Roman Soldiers who did this, it was ALL OF US and our sin that he allowed himself to be put to death in order to pay the ultimate price - For Our Salvation. He paid the ultimate price and did what he said he would do, rebuild this temple and our Savior Lives and He is our Redeemer.
I know where I was on that fateful morning of September 11, 2001 when the TwinTowers were struck in a violent and terrorist act of cowardice. I will remember and I will never forget that fateful day, nor will I forget what our Lord, Jesus Christ did for all of us who call Him by name- Our Savior.
God Bless All of You and Keep all of you. May the Lord Bless thee and keep thee and make His face shine upon thee.