As I hinted in this post, we stopped somewhere incredible on our way home from New York. The Teardrop is a 9/11 memorial located in Bayonne, New Jersey. I'll try to tell you about it, but words don't do justice. It's absolutely beautiful.
If you've never heard of this memorial, you're not alone. For some reason I cannot understand, coverage on this monument was minimal. Most people have no idea that the artist Zurab Tsereteli and the people of Russia donated this incredible memorial on September 11th, 2006, the five year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The monument is 100 feet tall and contains a 40 foot teardrop suspended in the center. There are granite walls surrounding the monument with the names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks. Every one. Those in the twin towers, the pentagon, all of the planes, and all of the casualties on the ground are included.
It was hard to find. We had to take detours around construction and there were no signs leading us there. We had directions and still got turned around a few times. When we got there, there were only a couple other people visiting too. That in itself was incredibly sad. How is it that we only knew about this place because my mother in law had, by chance, come across a quick story about "the best places you've never heard of" (or something to that effect)??
You might wonder why this memorial is even located there. We wondered that too.. until we finally pulled up. The monument is in a direct line with the Statue of Liberty and offers an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline.
If you ever find yourself in the area... or close enough to take a road trip, this is something I recommend everyone see. It really is remarkable the compassion other countries had for us in our time of hurt. This incredible gift was given to us and not enough attention has been brought to it.