It was good news to hear the USS Somerset's commissioning service will be held in Philadelphia.
The Navy is set to commission the 684-foot vessel in the beginning of 2014.
Somerset County because of all the events and response that happened here on Sept. 11, 2001. That day United Flight 93 tragically crashed into a Stonycreek Township field. The passengers fought back against their hijackers to keep the plane from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C.
That day has impacted Somerset County forever and presidents and other national leaders have praised this region for how it responded to this tragedy. Now hundreds of thousands of visitors travel each year to the new Flight 93 National Memorial.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, "Once I learned it was possible to commission Somerset in Philadelphia, it was the obvious choice for me to make."
The decision was also supported by many legislators.
The state House unanimously passed a resolution written by Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar calling for the ceremony to take place in Philadelphia. Other Pennsylvania legislators, including U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and Reps. Bill Shuster and Keith Rothfus, have called for a local ceremony.
It's a rare honor for a county to receive this type of recognition. With the service being held in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, local organizations can start thinking about opportunities to be part of the ceremonies and also work to arrange bus travel to help as many Somerset County people attend this historic event.
The ship will be used for various missions including times of war and peace. It's fitting to have a ship like this named after America's County. The people in this region have proven themselves time and time again to be strong and resilient to every challenge.