Monday, August 17, 2015

Teardrops on the City

The night is dark but the sidewalk's bright
And lined with the light of the living...
- "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" 
Bruce Springsteen

The property that was once home to the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey has been home to something even more extraordinary for almost the past decade. 

"To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" is a monument that Russian sculptor Zurab Tserteli created.  The Russian people presented it as a gift to the people of the United States - to honor those who were murdered in the 1993 and September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.  It was dedicated on the 5th anniversary of the 09/11 attacks.  

The gift of the Russian people sits overlooking Bayonne Harbor.  On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Bayonne served as a staging area for many people who had escaped alive from New York City but who - having survived the morning's horror - had no immediate idea what to do next.  The monument is more than one hundred feet tall.  It stands on the Jersey side of the harbor staring across at the space where the Twin Towers once stood and where the new World Trade Center now stands.  

It is not where it stands, however, but what it stands for that makes it extraordinary.  

Teardrop Memorial - Harbor View Park
Bayonne, New Jersey


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