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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 However, like some other 9/11 memorials, the dedication was based on an outdated compilation and contains about forty people who were removed from later victim listings.Tsereteli did not disclose the cost of the sculpture except to say that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. 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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  • The memorial is a true work of art. Listed on metal tablets on the base are the names of all those who perished on 9-11. Good view of Manhattan and Verranzano Bridges, also a glimpse of the Statue of....  more
    The memorial is a true work of art. Listed on metal tablets on the base are the names of all those who perished on 9-11. Good view of Manhattan and Verranzano Bridges, also a glimpse of the Statue of....  more »
  • Tucked away at the end of the cruise ship pier is this 9/11 monument presented to the U.S. by the Russian people. It is tall and imposing. This is a quiet location and there is a feeling of a... 
    Tucked away at the end of the cruise ship pier is this 9/11 monument presented to the U.S. by the Russian people. It is tall and imposing. This is a quiet location and there is a feeling of a...  more »
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  • Very sad monument. Was a nice visit. The area and the skyline views are all amazing and beautiful. The grounds are well kept and it is an excellent memorial for those lost..
  • Really nice little park with amazing views of NYC. A bit hard to get to if the cruise ship is loading/unloading, but on normal days there is easy parking and places to sit and relax. Great spot for photos of NYC as well.

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