USS Cole Attack Remembered at Naval Station Norfolk
Relatives and survivors of the terrorist attack in Yemen on USS Cole yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the bombing.
The destroyer, in fact, is just back from another deployment to Yemen.
The serving crew was joined yesterday by others who had sailed on the ship at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk.
A bell rang as the names of those who died were read at the exact time of the attack. 17 sailors were killed and 39 were hurt when the Cole was attacked in port for a fuel stop in 2000. Many families say they’re concerned that none of those responsible for the bombing has come to trial, including the mastermind held at Guantanamo, but mired in a swirl of legal and political disputes.
The gathering was held at the USS Cole Memorial, built from 17 pieces of granite symbolizing the sailors who died. It’s surrounded by 28 black pine trees that represent those sailors, plus the 11 children they left behind.
John Ogle, WCVE News