The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, have forever impacted our country.
In Somerset County, United Flight 93 tragically crashed into a rural Stonycreek Township field. The 40 passengers and crew thwarted the mission of hijackers and the plane never reached its intended target in Washington, D.C.
In recognition of those events, the Navy is finishing a ship that will be called the USS Somerset. The ship will serve during both peace time and war time missions.
The ship was dedicated in New Orleans, La., and is now being outfitted by the Navy for permanent duty. Once that is completed, a commissioning ceremony will be held.
In planning for this event, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is asking that the ceremony be held in Philadelphia. The Navy has cleared Philadelphia as a potential site.
It makes sense to have the service and the ship as close to Somerset County as possible.
Having a ship named after a county such as Somerset is a rare honor. Having the service close to home will help more local residents be able to attend this historic service.
The Navy should do its best to try to have the commissioning service in Philadelphia, where it can be relatively close (in ship navigation terms) to all three sites impacted on Sept. 11, 2001.