by Kimberly A. Cook (Twitter@ WarriorTales)
Last Saturday I fired up the computer and watched a combat veteran ship off to her new home. With fresh paint and dedicated crew, she left Richmond, California and is on her way to her new home in Los Angeles. The last of the Iowa class battleships, the USS Iowa is ready to go back into service as a museum and education site.
The USS Iowa is a big girl and it is easy to see that by the size of the pleasure boats around her. These ships are home and haven to the men and now women who sail upon them. True mother ships to their crews, these battleships provided safety and shelter and sometimes they became their last duty.
Memorial Day is always a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to secure and maintain the freedom of our nation. The USS Iowa deserves the same respect. I am so glad to see her off to her new life and mission in Los Angeles. Can’t wait to go visit her!