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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 in 2001 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. Groundbreaking was done on September 16, 2005, in a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was dedicated on September 11, 2006, in a ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.DesignThe sculpture is composed of a 100ft bronze-clad tower split with a jagged opening in the middle in which hangs a large nickel-surfaced teardrop, 40ft high. 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. However, like some other 9/11 memorials, the dedication was based on an outdated compilation and contains about forty people who were removed from later victim listings.Tsereteli did not disclose the cost of the sculpture except to say that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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  • 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 »
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  • On the end of pier there is the tiny Harbor View 9/11 Memorial Park in Bayonne NJ. At its center is a gift to commemorate the victims of that terrible day. It is known by a couple of names officially the 'Tear Drop Memorial and lesser known as the 'Tear of Grief'. It's a 10 story profile of the World Trade Center with a huge crack through its center with a huge chrome tear drop in the center. It is a moving memorial, as you view and read the names of those who lost their lives that day that are engraved on 11 granite slabs surrounding the monument. Like all things in life there are those on either end of the spectrum pro and con, forgetting that most of us prefer to come down somewhere in between. Everyone should take some time to visit and enjoy the fantastic sights of lower Manhattan, The Statue of Liberty, the harbor boat/barge/cruise traffic and even the Empire State Building. Enjoy it, it is worth the effort.
  • This is the most breath taking thing I've ever seen. Why wasn't this on the news to let us know what a beautiful thing Russia did for us? Go see it, you will regret it. Nice place for schools to take their classes to see just exactly how many people we lost. Then go just a little bit further and have lunch at Liberty Park. Great history tour.
  • Beautiful monument, amazing colors, and very majestic. Wish it was located in a more strategic spot, more accessible and more promoted. A hidden gem with a wonderful meaning. The place is very well kept.
  • I had heard of this monument, but finding it is tricky. Located at the very end of some roads at the harbour, the small memorial is a beautiful tribute from Russia. I wish it was more well-known to all.
  • The memorial is a little out of ones usual way and it's easy to get lost on the way but definitely worth seeing.
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