Tear Drop Memorial
“To the struggle against world terrorism” is a memorial dedicated to the people that lost their lives in the 2001 September 11th and 1993 World Trade center attacks. Situated in a former military ocean terminal across from where the world trade center once powered over the Manhattan sky line. The 100 foot bronze memorial was a gift to America from the Russian government and has a 40 foot stainless-steal tear drop falling from the center of the memorial. The tear drop represents not only the sadness and grief at the loss of life here, but also a hope! A Hope that one day, we will all be free from terror. The monument also has several reflective sides with all the names of the people that died in the two attacks! When I visited, you get a feeling of sadness of course! But also a feeling of connection, as you look back at yourself through the reflection as you read through the names. Another nice touch is the path leading around the memorial; the stone path is covered with engraved names and messages left by love ones of the families.
The memorial was created by Georgian sculpture called Zurab Tsereteli and opened to the public on the 5th anniversary of the 2001 September attack. The ceremony was a very public affair with then US president Bill Clinton and the Russian president Valdimir Putin both attending. Bill Clinton said “I would like to thank the people of Russia for this gift of solidarity in the war on terror. I thank my friend Zurab Tsereteli for his ability to catch the feelings that cannot be expressed by words” But the memorial sadly has had mixed reviews! It’s been called the ugliest 9/11 memorial. A New Yorker called it a broken looking biscuit and strangely a lot of New Yorkers have never even heard of it? I like it though, it’s different. In my opinion more and more people should go and see the monument for themselves, then make up your own mind up about it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with its peacefulness and time that you have to reflect on what is sadly a crazy world in what we live in.
Address: 51 Port Terminal BLVD, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002
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