May we always remember, and pick up the torch…
PHILADELPHIA — A new U.S. Navy ship named to honor 40 passengers and crew killed when their hijacked United Airlines flight crashed as they fought with terrorists during the Sept. 11 attacks was put into service in Philadelphia Saturday.
The USS Somerset is named for the southwestern Pennsylvania county where Flight 93 crashed. With its 684-foot starboard side serving as the backdrop, the amphibious transport dock warship was formally commissioned in front of more than 5,000 spectators at Penn’s Landing.
“What we commemorate is not that war or an attack on America,” said Sen. Pat Toomey. “We commemorate the day America began to fight back.”