Tear Drop Monument

by JASON | 9:44 AM in |

September 11, 2006 – Dedication of the memorial “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism”

Time cures everything, but there are things we cannot and must not forget. Standing more than 100 feet tall, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” honors victims of 9/11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and serves a symbol of solidarity in the fight against world terrorism. Created by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, the memorial was a gift from the Russian people.

The Memorial was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, in a ceremony attended by President Bill Clinton, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Senator Robert Menendez and family members of World Trade Center victims. Grammy award winner, Leann Rimes, sang the National Anthem.

By day, or nighttime when it is lit, the Memorial is clearly visible from lower Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry, ships passing through New York Harbor and airplanes approaching Newark Airport.

In October, Harbor View Park officially opened to the public. Harbor View Park was built by the BLRA and funded in part by the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund and a contribution from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Its centerpiece is the 9/11 memorial “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism.” With $600,000 in Green Acres funding from New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, the BLRA will construct a new bulkhead along Harbor View Park’s eastern boundary, stabilize the shoreline, and extend the park all the way to river’s edge.

Harbor View Park is open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.


BAYONNE (New Jersey), September 12 (Itar-Tass) - A gorgeous and austere memorial now rises opposite the lower part of Manhattan, on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. It is Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli’s 30-metre-high bronze "Teardrop of Grief" monument, devoted to the fight against international terrorism. It was festively unveiled on Monday – the day of the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Hundreds of people from the States of New Jersey and New York, including relatives of the victims of those terrorist attacks, schoolchildren, staff members of diplomatic missions, and Bayonne residents and officials came to attend the unveiling ceremony. U.S. ex-President Bill Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, New Jersey Governor John Corzine and several senators came to honour the memory of the terrorism victims and to unveil the memorial. Speaker of the Upper House of the Russian Parliament Sergei Mironov represented Russia at the ceremony.

No grief is alien to Russians, he said during the unveiling of the monument. The people of Russia know what grief, sufferings, and hatred of terrorists mean, Mironov stressed. The Russian president was the first foreign leader to call up George Bush on September 11, 2001, to express his condolences and to offer our aid, he recalled.

“In turn, the Russians are grateful for the condolences and helping hand of the people of America and the country’s leadership after the terrorist attacks on the Dubrovka Theatrical Centre in Moscow and in Beslan. The politicians and the entire civilised mankind have now understood that terrorism knows no borders and nationalities, does not depend on the colour of one’s skin or religion,” he stressed.

Mironov deems it necessary for “the parliamentarians of all countries to step up their efforts to establish a common legal space in the fight against terrorism”. “We are ready to actively cooperate in this effort with the American lawmakers in order to prevent the tragic September 11 events from occurring again in any country of the world,” he added.

The “Teardrop of Grief” is a gift of the Russian people to the United States. It was highly appreciated by the American participants of the ceremony. They noted with respect that the Russian president had laid the cornerstone of the memorial a year ago when he came to the United States to take part in the work of the session of the U.N. General Assembly.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff read out the message of President George Bush message to the participants of the unveiling ceremony, which stresses that this gift helps to perpetuate the memory of the absolutely innocent terrorism victims and to promote mutual understanding among nations. The head of the American administration stressed that there were several new acts of terrorism in recent years, but they had only strengthened the U.S. determination to vanquish terrorism. We share the pain and sufferings of the peace-loving peoples, who had also experienced the horror of terrorism, including the monstrous crime committed in the Beslan school, Bush noted, adding that the U.S. partners and allies were now side by side with America in the fight against terrorism.

Sculptor Zurav Tsereteli made a brief speech, which was heartily applauded. “What can I say? I have already said everything. Everything is before your eyes,” he said with a smile.

The “Teardrop of Grief” monument consists of a 30-metre-high rectangular bronze pylon resting on a monumental stepped foundation. Inscribed on its granite sides are the names of all the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. A long tortuous split runs along the central section of the monument, glittering within which is a huge titanium teardrop of grief for the victims of terrorism.


The monument displayed to the left, officially entitled "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" (but also known as "The Memorial at Harbor View Park" or the "Tear Drop Memorial"), was dedicated at the northeast corner of Bayonne Peninsula in New Jersey, a gift from Russia.

The monument was the work of Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, whose inspiration was described thusly in a brochure about the monument:

"To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" was conceived as the events of 9/11 unfolded and Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli walked the streets of Moscow. Struck by the outpouring of grief he observed, a memorial with an image of a tear formed in his mind. Shortly after the attacks, Tsereteli visited ground zero and looked to New Jersey's waterfront for an appropriate site for a monument honoring victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Bayonne was a fitting location; the city was an arrival point for many New York City evacuees on 9/11, a staging area for rescuers, and offered a direct view of the Statue of Liberty and the former World Trade Center towers.

A gift from Tsereteli and the Russian people, the memorial is made of steel sheathed in bronze. Standing 100 feet high, its center contains a jagged tear. In it hangs a 40-foot stainless steel teardrop, representing sadness and grief over the loss of life, but also hope for a future free from terror. Etched in granite on an 11-sided base are the names of the nearly 3,000 killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. //03.25.09 MiNA


Why is it we never heard about this? How is it that Russia can do it but the US hasn’t been able to create an appropriate monument?

Russian gift to the US I had never heard of this before receiving it. Why didn't the press report it?

This It is the "TEAR DROP" made and installed by the Russians to honor those who died in 9 11 and a statement against terrorism. It is very impressive.. The tear drop is lined up with the Statue of Liberty...

..it is an impressive memorial and statement against terrorism. Gift from the people of Russia...

"Monument to the struggle against world terrorism, artist Zurab Tesereteii"

The walkway is made of stones.

Stones are personally signed from hundreds of individuals in Russia

Names of the persons killed on 9 11 are inscribed on the base.

The base like the Vietnam Memorial wall. It was a cold and windy day but well worth the drive to see.

It is down in the shipping yards across from "The Lady".



What the mainstream news media had to say about it...

Our Towns; A Jersey City Teardrop for 9/11, Or a 10-Story Embarrassment?

Chances are there would have been some degree of opposition sooner or later had anyone suggested building a 10-story, 175-ton nickel-surfaced teardrop suspended within a bronze-clad tower on a pier across the water from the World Trade Center site as a 9/11 memorial.

But when the artist turns out to be Zurab Tsereteli, a Russian sculptor whose works -- like a 300-foot statue of Columbus or a 165-foot Peter the Great -- are so controversial that opponents once threatened to wire Peter with explosives and blow him up, another level of tumult is pretty much guaranteed.

And that's what is happening now. The death of the project's main sponsor, Mayor Glenn Cunningham, and the belated organizing by civic groups are imperiling the project by Mr. Tsereteli, whose idea of a modest enterprise is filling a park in St. Petersburg with 74 life-sized busts of czarist royalty.


I wonder if the lack of attention or coverage had anything to do with the fact that is virtually impossible for 9-11 not to be an inside job...

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