President Bush will make one of his last visits to New York City as chief executive on Tuesday to formally rededicate the Intrepid museum in honor of Veterans Day.

Thousands of visitors are expected to gather at the aircraft carrier's newly rebuilt pier on Manhattan's West Side.

Bush will mingle with some 2,500 war veterans aboard the World War II carrier. The ship was recently returned to its Hudson River site after a 19-month, $120 million overhaul that added more planes to its aircraft collection and updated its museum displays.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says Bush will pay tribute to those who served on the Intrepid — and those he calls a "new generation of heroes" serving in the war on terror.