With the ship unavailable and the crew unable to participate in person during the annual commemoration, the remembrance event was videotaped by the Cole crew in advance, shared today online and at the Memorial site before a solemn gathering of Gold Star families, friends, and former Cole Sailors.
Cmdr. Vincent Libasci, III, Cole commanding officer, expressed his pride in respecting the legacy of Cole’s fallen by serving aboard the ship and helping to maintain its warfighting readiness.
"There is no better way to honor the lives of the shipmates we lost and the heroes who saved the ship during those sweltering days in October 2000 than by continuing Cole's mission at sea, contributing to security and freedom around the world, as our heroes laid down their lives to do," he said.
"They are the perfect examples of duty, courage, and sacrifice, inspiring us each and every day. We shall never forget them."
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