UPDATED: A GIFT FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE…

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 
UPATED:  Monday, April 27, 2009 10:08 PM (My original post follows my update)
 
Here’s a beautiful slideshow explaining the story of this very meaningful gift…
 
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This may be old news to some, but it’s new news to others because there was not too much coverage about this.  There is an email going around the Internet about a spectacular monument that was a gift to the United States from Russia, a 100-foot "teardrop" memorial entitled, "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism".  I checked, and this story is true.  What a beautiful gesture from the Russian government and is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and on September 11, 2001.  This memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2006 (pictures follow story).  I’m posting this to show that there is still some good in this world.  Here’s the March 9, 2005 media advisory letter describing the anticipation of this beautiful gift:  http://www.bayonnelra.com/press/03092005.pdf
 
QueenBee
 
 
The monument, which features a 40 foot steel teardrop suspended within a large bronze-clad tower, is a memorial to the victims of 9/ll and the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. As noted in the message, it is indeed a gift from the Russian people. Information about the memorial published in a brochure available on the memorial website notes:

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 as 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. Dedicated on September 11, 2006, it stands in direct view of the Statue of Liberty and the former World Trade Center

The memorial is located at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, New Jersey. A 2006 entry on the "Milestones" Page of The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor website records the unveiling of the memorial:

On September 11, 2006, the 100-foot monument, "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism," is unveiled at a dedication ceremony featuring former President Clinton, Governor Corzine, Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and other dignitaries. The monument was created and donated by artist Zurab Tsereteli and the people of Russia to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11 and the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The memorial is the centerpiece of Harbor View Park located on the northeast corner of The Peninsula. Two weeks after the dedication ceremony, the first mile of greenway on The Peninsula is open to the public for the first time in a generation. The community is invited for a celebration and tour.

A June 2007 article in the New Yorker also discusses the memorial:

France gave us the Statue of Liberty. Now Russia has given us "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism," another XXL, in-a-class-of-its-own monument. If you have not seen it, that may be because you haven’t recently approached New York City by ship. For those coming in from the Atlantic, through the Narrows, the Russian gift now heaves into view well before Lady Liberty. That is intentional, according to Zurab Tsereteli, the Moscow-based sculptor who created the monument. "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" stands at the end of a long, man-made peninsula in Bayonne, New Jersey, and it looks from a distance like a giant tea biscuit. As you get closer, however, you will begin to make out an immense, stainless-steel teardrop—the Tear of Grief—hanging in a jagged crack that runs down the middle of the main slab.

Zurab Tsereteli is a well respected, multi-talented artist whose works appear in many cities around the world.
 
 

 

 

 

Teardrop Memorial as seen from the walkway just north of the South Cove Shopping Center. 
 
 

TEARDROP MEMORIAL

 

 

 

 

 

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