I had never heard of this before receiving an e-mail.
Why the press didn’t report it?
This is the "TEAR DROP" made and installed by the Russians to honor those who died. Created by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, the memorial was a gift from the Russian people and stands in direct line of sight with the Statue of Liberty and the former World Trade Centre.
September 11th , 2006 2:30 pm
The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, New Jersey
The Unveiling of a New World Monument
Remembering the Victims of September 11th
and the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings
A Gift from the People of Russia
Vladimir Putin, President
(Northeast Corner of Bayonne Peninsula at the former Military Ocean Terminal)
Time cures everything, but there are things we cannot and must not forget. The "TEAR DROP" serves as a symbol of solidarity in the fight against world terrorism.
“To the Struggle Against World Terrorism,” was conceived as the events of 9/11 unfolded and 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.
Tsereteli is one of Russia’s most prominent and prolific artists. A sculptor, designer and architect, he captures significant historical events in large-scale sculptures and monuments on view in museums and public spaces throughout Russia, Europe, Israel, Uruguay and the United States. Other noted works by the artist include the “Victory” monument at the Moscow War Memorial, “Peter the Great” in downtown Moscow and “Good Defeats Evil” a sculpture created from scrapped American and Soviet missiles on the grounds of the United Nations in New York.
The nickel-plated teardrop contained within the monument weighs four tons and measures approximately 40 feet high.
With the death of Osama bin Ladin this week, hopefully we've moved a step towards a future that is not overshadowed by fear and terror.
We ask that everyone who reads this would continue to pray for our
men and women in uniform.