Every year we mourn the lives lost during September 11th 2001 and every year it seems a new dedication or monument is constructed as a symbol of strength. But did you know Vladimir Putin actually helped Americans cope one year by dedicating a monument to our country which still stands today?
It’s called the “Teardrop Monument” depicting a large metal teardrop made of nickel between a crack on the monument’s facing. It’s official title is “To The Struggle Against World Terrorism” monument but we started calling it the Teardrop Monument for short since its dedication ceremony in 2006 where Bill Clinton was in attendance.
You can find the monument in New Jersey, that is if you know where to look even though the monument itself is over 100 feet tall. It was designed by Zurab Tsereteli, one of Russia’s leading sculptors but surprisingly enough, most New Yorkers wouldn’t be able to tell you of its existence.
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The wall adjacent to the monument depicting Putin and Bush.
John Craven, a writer for UK’s DailyMail actually did some investigating himself in 2012 to find the rarely celebrated 9/11 monument and came to the realization that he wasn’t alone in having first heard about it.
When America received the monument, reactions were anything but warm. It was actually rejected by the council of Jersey City which is why it eventually ended up in Bayonne, New Jersey. One can safely assume why most people don’t want to really seek out a monument dedicated by Vladimir Putin who is less than favorable here in America, let alone visit New Jersey to see it, but I guess it’s better than just throwing it in the dumpster behind a Wal-Mart.
So, the Teardrop Monument sits there near the docks of Bayonne overlooking the Manhattan skyline like a discarded present with decent intentions. Check it out if you’re in the area.