u.s.s. new mexico 1918 historic naval bell
In honor of the men who served on the ship known as the “Queen of the Fleet,” during WWII, we invite you to stop and visit the historic naval bell which has been relocated directly in front of the Zimmerman Library after the Smith Plaza underwent a major renovation.
The historic naval bell represents a deep connection between the desert and sea. At the time, the ship was the most technically advanced battleship in the US Navy. To recognize the irony of the ship being named after the land locked desert state, the navy paid homage to it by christening the vessel with water from the Rio Grande!
The naval bell is on loan from the United States Navy as a reminder of the courage and commitment of those who defend our great nation. In its new location, it will serve to remind and inspire future generations.
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