Today, USS New York (LPD 21) pulls into its new home port in Norfolk, Va. for the very first time. I can only imagine the excitement brewing over this special homecoming on this soon-to-be Hallows Eve. Though, as an adopted New Yorker, I trust that the Norfolk reception won't be half as exciting or well attended as when she sails up the Hudson for the very first time!
At 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 2, there will be a gathering at the World Financial Center North Cove, and the 9/11 community and general public are encouraged to attend. It is there, at approximately 8:00 a.m., where USS New York will bring her engines to all stop to pause, dip her national ensign, and give the highest military honor, a 21-gun salute, to Ground Zero. It will be quite a viewing party; the Navy NYC public affairs office is working with Battery Park City to make this a tremendous event for all.
I hope to see you there.