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.Put Tear Drop Memorial on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bayonne online itinerary planner .
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It is an important and sobering monument, well worth the time to visit. I must admit that I didn't "get" the sculpture until I read the description. But the view is utterly spellbinding, which helps c... more »
Moving experience and beautiful site. Wish more people would visit. The memorial held each year on 9/11 is inspiring. It would be seen by more people if there were more signs leading you there. more »
It's worth the drive, just make sure you check the weather before heading there, it can get very windy. more »
I Love, Love, Love this memorial. I don't recall when I discovered it online but I made a point to visit it when I took my son to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It was somewhat weird driving out to it but when I walked around the grounds I realized it was the perfect site and absolutely serene. After a day of being herded around on ferrys and guided tours, I was able to reflect on our struggles and really absorb the beauty that is located at the end of the pier. The site is oddly perfect. The monument is on the edge of the water and The Statue of Liberty and Manhattan is viewable in the distant landscape. The gleaming stainless steel tear drop that shines in the center of the torn bronze tower is breathtaking and appears to defy the laws of physics. The way sunlight dances and glitters on the tower and reflects brightly off of the teardrop should be experienced by everyone at least ones in this life. I will be returning! P.S. It is absolutely free!
This place is beautiful with a terrific view of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty.. It's a hidden gem that for some unknown reason is tucked and not advertised..not even a simple road sign directing you into it...but follow the directions to the Bayonne cruise ship terminal and take the road all the way to the end..it's amazing
Beautiful memorial that's hidden away in a discreet location. It's a shame there isn't more signage to denote where it's located -- it truly is a beautiful gift from the people of Russia. It's very peaceful and quiet, and has amazing scale.
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
Nice place to reflect and pay respects to our fallen; i got a shot of a lovely butterfly there, and i think it was an angel looking out for the area!!♡♡♡
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