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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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  • The tear drop 911 memorial is beautiful. It is located at the end of the cruise port pier at cape Liberty. We are able to visit it every time we take the RCCL cruise boat. If your in the area it is wo...  more »
  • I reviewed it on The Tear Drop Memorial...very impressive memorial. Worth a drive out to see. Great views of NY skyline as well  more »
  • A gift from Russia to America and given a home in Bayonne, NJ. Most likely, you will see this if you are taking a cruise out of the port of Bayonne (Port Liberte).  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Beautiful view and monument too bad it was placed so out of the way. Awesome to visit and relax. Not crowded but you need car to get here.
  • Thank you Putin. You have been there for America, and not treated very well in return. But the Truth will prevail and our great nations will come together in cooperation and peace.