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USS Somerset Commissioned

Ship honors lives lost on 911.
PHILADELPHIA - The USS Somerset was officially commissioned Saturday afternoon, and several people from Central PA were here to see it happen.
 
“Man this ship and bring her to life.“
 
The USS Somerset is officially a warship of the United States Navy.
its carrying a crew of navy and marine corps.
 
The Somerset is named after Shanksville, Somerset County in memory of the people who lost their lives on September 11th.
 
 “It was such a tragic thing to see and hear on the news I remember the planes flying over my house at that time,” Mary Noel says
 
Mary Noel came to the commissioning with a group from Central Pennsylvania. 
 
“It gives us chills it's just fantastic,” Noel says.
 
Gordon Felt, the President of the Families of Flight 93 spoke to the crowd.
 
“You will forever share a bond with our loved ones and the Somerset County Community from where so much was given and lost,” Felt says.
 
Other families like Bingham’s watched the dedication from the crowd.
 
 “They saved a lot of people's lives and they deserve all the acknowledgement that they can get,” Gerald Bingham says.

 “Their presence s going to be in this ship and will be everyday it's just amazing and overwhelming,” Karen Bingham says.
 
All the speakers at the commissioning thanked them for their sacrifice including General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps.
 
“This is all about faithfulness and that crew on Flight 93 were faithful all the way till the end and they fought hard. That's what this ship is going to do for the United States of America,” General Amos says.

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