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October 8, 2009

Dear FOS11 Members,

This November, the newest U.S. Navy ship, the USS New York (LPD 21), will come to New York Harbor for a week of events celebrating her commissioning ceremony on the morning of November 7, 2009.  This ship proudly carries seven and a half tons of original World Trade Center steel in her bow. There are multiple opportunities for 9/11 victims’ families, survivors, and first responders to visit the ship throughout the commissioning week.

The Commissioning Committee has reserved a number of seats on November 7th, for the 9/11 community at Pier 88, where you’ll be able to view the commissioning ceremony on JumboTron screens.  Pier 88—located at 48th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan—is a covered, heated space, while the ceremony itself takes place outdoors nearby.  Pier 88 is also where the USS New York will be docked and upon conclusion of the ceremony, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the ship.  Tickets to view the commissioning ceremony at Pier 88 will be distributed by random lottery.  The Commissioning Committee has asked the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to assist in this process by gathering information from lottery registrants.

If you are interested in requesting tickets please register by visiting www.national911memorial.org/ussnewyork .  Registration is open until 5pm October 14, 2009. 

If you are selected through the random lottery, you will be notified by e-mail on or about October 23rd and you will receive tickets by mail by November 1st.  Tickets will be mailed to the address you provide when registering.  Ticket requests can only be made through this website and cannot be accepted after the lottery registration has closed.  Tickets are non-transferable.

If you do not receive tickets through the lottery, or if you would like to tour the ship at another time, you may visit during any one of the following days. Visitation on these days is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Specific hours of availability will be posted on the official USS New York website, http://www.ussny.org/ , in mid-October.  Please visit this site before planning your visit to the ship.

Tuesday, November 3
 Certain hours are reserved exclusively for members of the 9/11 community.  If you would like to visit during these hours, print this e-mail and present it for admission.   Please note that there is limited tour capacity on this day as the ship crew will be preparing for the commissioning ceremony.
Wednesday, November 4
 Open to the public.
Thursday, November 5
 Open to the public.
Sunday, November 8
 Certain hours are reserved exclusively for members of the 9/11 community.  If you would like to visit during these hours, print this e-mail and present it for admission.
Monday, November 9
  Open to the public.
Tuesday, November 10
  Open to the public.
Wednesday, November 11
  Open to the public.

Tours and tickets to the commissioning ceremony observation are free of charge.  We hope you can join us in celebrating the commissioning of the USS New York.  To learn more about the ship, her mission, and history, please visit the official USS New York website at http://www.ussny.org/

The USS New York Commissioning Committee


One Liberty Plaza, 20 th Floor, New York, NY 10006 ¡p (212) 312-8800 ¡f (212) 227-7931