Terrorists hit the ship while it was docked in Yemen.
Today Naval Station Norfolk celebrated the 237th year of the United States Navy.
Part of the ceremony included historical reflection.
Families of those 17 sailors killed in the Cole attack are in Northern Virginia today.
Mona and Lou Gunn, the parents of Seaman Cherone Gunn, will visit their son's grave at the Arlington National Cemetery.
There was also a memorial at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Gunn family says it is getting easier to deal with losing their son on that day twelve years ago but the pain never goes away.
The terrorists accused of masterminding the Cole attack have yet to stand trial.
The case is still in the preliminary stages.