“To the struggle against world terrorism”

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.


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Address: 51 Port Terminal BLVD, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002

Web-site: http://www.911monument.com


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A Show Down in Kansas!

The Buffalo Bill Story

The sleepy rural town of Oakley, Kansas has the slogan “Birthplace of a Legend” this is based on the rivalry of two buffalo hunters named William F Cody and William Cornstock. They were both making their living as buffalo hunters, Cody was hunting for the crews that were laying the Kansas Pacific Railroad, whilst Cornstock was hunting for the soldiers at Fort Wallace. Both went by the nickname of “Buffalo Bill” but, as in everything there can be only one! So, a competition was arranged to find out who was the best and had the right to call myself the true “Buffalo Bill” The contest was held just west of Oakley and Cody won by ease, bringing down a staggering 69 buffalo to Cornstocks 46. So, from that day in the spring of 1868 William F Cody was known as “Buffalo Bill” The legend was born.


The Buffalo Bill statue and Cultural Center can be found off I-70 at exit 70, then head south and keep straight on US-83 for five miles. The statue and center will be on your right at the intersection of west, 2nd street.


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The Travel Moose 2018 Calendar!

We’ve been working really hard this week on the second production of our annual calendar. Our 2018 calendar will be filled with stunning pictures from trips that i’ve made throughout the year and would make a great Christmas present for a love one. The calendar will be available for purchase early next month. For more details or to order this fantastic calendar please email sales at travelmoose.info@gmail.com.


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Chimney Rock!

Chimney Rock has been around for 35 million years and was formed by volcanic activity. As time went by the harsh mid-west weather gradually wore down the rock to a chimney like tower, making it very easy to identify. In the 1800’s Chimney Rock was one of the most famous landmarks in the US, as it was an important marker for the people that were heading west, as the trail along this pathway was easier as it avoided the harsher lands of other paths.

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Warsaw “The Phoenix City”

The ending of world war 2 in 1945 brought joy to the world, as a whole. But for the people of Poland and especially Warsaw it was the start of what was to be a massive rebuilding program of both their people and their city.

By the time Poland was liberated by the Soviet Union, Warsaw was basically wiped off the map. 85% of its buildings were destroyed and the city’s population was down from 1.3 million to just 174.000. But, slowly and surely Warsaw was repaired, most of the old city by 1955, but the royal castle was not fully repaired until the 1970s. But for some here in Warsaw the city has never been rebuilt, as Warsaw is still facing serious urban planning issues.

Upon my visit to Warsaw, I had the chance to see for myself the devastation which was coursed here, yes you see it on films and war programs which is very educational, but to still see bullet holes in buildings and flowers which are still been laid today is a stark reminder of what life must have been like here during the darkest hour.


Warsaw has the nickname of the Phoenix City: because it has also risen from the ashes. But, the local nickname of Warsaw is “The City of Statues” and it is well suited, as there seems to be a statue or monument on every street corner! So, for the tourist it is a fascinating city to explore, there is always something to do from statue hunting to museums.

Here are a few of Warsaw’s historical sites;

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes

Pomnik Bohaterow Getto

The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes was designed by Leon Suzin and unveiled in April 1948 to honor the fighters and martyrs of the Warsaw uprising in 1943 against Nazi Germany. The monument is located on the spot of the first armed clashes, which is located on the square of Anielewicza Street, Karmelicka Street, Lewartowskiego Street and Zamenhofa Street. This was also the last location of the Judenrat (Jewish Council) from August 1942 till the end of the Warsaw Ghetto.

The monument is made of materials originally brought to Warsaw, Poland by Hitler’s chief architect Albert Speer and stands 11 meters tall (36 feet). The first part of the monument (A small memorial tablet) was unveiled in April 1946, with the larger monument sculpted by Nathan Rapport. Nathan Rapport worked closely with Leon Suzin on the monument and said “the wall of the monument was designed to evoke not just the Ghetto Walls, but also the western wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem. The great stones would thus have framed the memory of events in Warsaw in iconographic figure of Judaism’s holiest site”.


Maly Powstaniec (The Little Insurgent)

The little insurgent is a moving monument that tributes the child soldiers of the Warsaw uprising in 1944 which lasted two months and one day (1st August 5pm – 2nd October) The statue is of a young boy holding a submachine gun and a helmet which is styled after the German forces. This equipment was seized during the intensive fighting of the uprising, and then used by the resistance against the invading forces. It’s reported that the statue is of a young fighter who fell to his death on August 8th 1944 whilst fighting for the pseudonym of “Antek” (The underground) warsaw

The designer of the monument was Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz who created the statue in 1946. But it wasn’t until 1983 that the monument was revealed after collections by boy scouts help raise funds. Professor Jerzy Swiderski himself a courier for the resistance during the uprising had the honor of revealing Maly Powstaniec (Little Insurgent) on the 1st October 1983 which is situated in the old town of Warsaw.

Behind the statue is a plaque reading “Warszawskie Dzieci” (“Warsaw Children”) which was a popular song from that period.


“Warszawskie Dzieci, pojdziemy w bojza kazdy kamien twoj, stolico damy krew” (“We’re the children of Warsaw, going into battle – for every stone of yours, we will give our blood”)


The Uprising Museum


The uprising museum is a must for all visitors. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited twice, and the museum still educates me with all the information from the uprising period.


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The Historic Pigeon Roost Site!


The memorial to Pigeon Roost is in “The Hoosier State” Indiana, located between the cities of Scottsburg and Henryville, off US highway 31. On the 3rd September 1812 (just after the war began in June) a war party of Native Americans attacked and surprised the settlers of Pigeon Roost. 24 settlers including 15 children were killed with two children kidnapped. The attack came out of the blue, with a lot of settlers running for their lives and seeking refuge in a blockhouse. The Native Americans suffered just four casualties as they left before the local militia based in Charlestown could react. The militiamen, lead by the Major John McCoy, followed the attackers as far as the local Muscatatuck River, where the trail was lost and the attackers escaped.

The memorial to the victims of the Pigeon Roost Massacre stands at 44 foot and is set along side a memorial tribute site, which hosts all the names of the victims. The area of Pigeon Roost became a historic site in 1929 and more recently, a picnic shelter was added and on the second Saturday in September an annual picnic is held at the site. There is also a log cabin that has been built, similar to the ones built by the settlers.

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Entrance: FREE

Address: Pigeon Roost State Historic Site, Underwood, Indiana. Off US Route 31 between Scottsburg and Henryville.


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