Did I miss the PB articles on this? I asked a friend of mine if she had ever heard of this and she hadn't either. Maybe we need a little publicity for this wonderful show of support by Russia. — Roz
Roz, you share the Answer Man's taste in stunning sculpture.
The Teardrop Memorial, officially named "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" by Russian artist Zurab Tesereteii, was dedicated Sept. 11, 2006, at Harbor View Park in Bayonne, N.J. Bayonne was an arrival point for many New York City evacuees on 9/11, and it was a staging area for rescuers. The park offers a direct view of the Statue of Liberty and the former World Trade Center towers.
Standing 100 feet high, the center contains a jagged tear. In it, hangs a 40-foot stainless steel teardrop, symbolizing sadness and grief, but also representing 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.
Photos of the sculpture have been circulating on the internet since it was placed in 2006. I checked our archives, but I couldn't find a story about the Teardrop Memorial's dedication, but that's probably because it's one of more than 700 such monuments throughout the United States.
Most of the monuments are in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut, home to the majority of the victims. The most famous is the 9/11 Memorial on the site of the former World Trade Center, occupying eight of the 16 acres.
Remnants of the World Trade Center towers — typically steel girders — have been incorporated into many of the memorials, including the nearest permanent structure at Memorial Park in Marshall.
Closer to home, the Never Forget mobile memorial was on display at the 2016 Dodge County Fair. The Post Bulletin covered the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers exhibit, named after a New York City firefighter who died saving others on 9/11. The exhibit tours the country to honor military veterans and first responders who have lost their lives serving our country.
The Never Forget memorial will be on display in Iowa on May 24-30 in Sioux City, S.D., June 1-3 in Clinton, and June 20-26 in Waterloo. It will return to Minnesota for the Winsted Summer Festival on Aug. 10-12.
If you missed it, it's a worthwhile road trip. The Never Forget memorial is also a stunning display.