The donation will also help fund construction of a Tribute Room on the ship to honor the heroes of 9/11. Steel taken from the Pentagon after the attacks will be displayed aboard as a commemorative symbol.
"Our involvement with the USS Arlington is a manifestation of our core belief in supporting the communities in which we do business," said David W. Pijor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Fairfax-based bank, which opened an Arlington office in October. "The occasion allows us to recognize the deep and meaningful bonds between the military and the civilian population of the Arlington area, which are so important to us all."
FVCbank was recognized for its support at a reception on January 31 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. The commissioning committee and the Navy League of Hampton Roads, a nonprofit organization that is raising funds for the ship’s enhancements, presented a plaque to Pijor, bank president Burwell Gunn, and Sid Simmons, who sits on FVCbank’s board of directors.
The USS Arlington, an amphibious transport dock, has two sister ships that were also named to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001: the USS New York and Somerset.
Arlington‘s keel was laid down on May 26, 2008, at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on November 23, 2010, with her christening on March 26, 2011. Mrs. Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is the ship’s sponsor.
First Virginia Community Bank (FVCbank) has donated $10,000 in￼support of the USS Arlington, a ship named for the Pentagon’s home city to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The contribution will go towards the USS Arlington’s commissioning, the ceremony￼marking a ship’s placement in active service, which is planned for early April at Naval￼Station Norfolk.