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Tear Drop Memorial, Bayonne

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To the Struggle Against World Terrorism is a 10–story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, and was dedicated on September 11, 2006, in a ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.DesignThe sculpture is in the form of a 100ft tower made of steel and coated in bronze, split with a jagged opening through the middle. Inside the opening hangs a large stainless–steel teardrop, 40ft high, in memory of those whose lives were lost during terrorist attacks in the United States. The eleven sides of the monument's base bear granite name plates, on which are etched the names of those who died in the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.Tsereteli did not disclose the cost of the sculpture except to say that he paid for labor and materials. A lawyer for the sculptor released the cost at about $12 million. Tsereteli said metals for the sculpture were obtained "From a military factory that did airplanes. In Dzerzhinsk. A secret city."It was initially given to the local government of Jersey City, but was rejected. It was then relocated to its present placement in Bayonne. In August 2010 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced it had plans to build a container facility on the location and the monument would most likely have to be moved. However these plans have not been confirmed by the Port Authority. Robert "Captain Bob" Terzi, a Bayonne taxi driver started an online petition to prevent the relocation.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I visited this site along with 2 of my brothers from the US ARMY. It was a memorable experience that I will always remember. If you have the time please visit this site.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    A moving experience. We showed our grandson the tile we bought in memory of Susan Pollio who was killed ok 9/11.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This memorial is hard to get to. it is almost like they want to hide it. But it is a beautiful rendition of the loss felt in 9/11. The park is small but quiet and reflective. You can stare out at NYC,...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    A truly beautiful memorial. It's surprising and a shame that it isn't talked about. Most people aren't even aware of it. There is absolutely no signage telling you where it is. Almost as if it's hidden. Wonderful gift from the people of Russia. Everyone should visit it
  • May 14, 2017
    Really enjoyed our vist but kind of wish there was a bigger place to hang out and it would be cool if you could have a place to get food and drinks here. I do like the Memorial.
  • July 1, 2017
    I was looking for something else when I found this place. It's so beautiful, you have to came and see it.
  • May 21, 2017
    Pretty scenary and it's usually queit. The tear itself is not a work of art but is neat in other ways that's hard to describe. It's not too touristy so it's nice to come here for a Zen moment
  • June 28, 2017
    I haven't even gone to the memorial yet; a friend sent me this link. My friends and family are planing to go this weekend, but I have the answer to a repeated question asked throughout the comments I have read on this meaningful and beautiful gift. PLEASE NOTE : Russian Artist, Zurab Tsereteli walked the streets of Moscow on 9/11 and was struck by the outpouring of grief he observed (in Moscow)...Shortly after the attack, Tserseteli visited ground zero and looked to NJ's waterfront for an appropriate sight for a monument honoring victims of the WTC terrorists attacks. Hence, there was a reason for this location. The "view" has meaning for the artist. The question is why our country has not made this particular monument known? It is easily accessible to those visiting ground zero . And, why have they not made the entryway and signage more fitting? Maybe someone who tweets (I do not), could tweet President Trump to make an effort to correct this blunder. I would expect he would be interested in rectifying this particular wrong,

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