Tear of Grief
This morning while scrolling through picture after picture on Facebook, I contemplated, where was I on that fateful day.
On Sept. 9th, 2001 I remember stepping out of my apartment to an eerie quietness, there wasn’t a plane in the sky nor a bird chirping. It was completely silent!
A neighbor stuck her head out of her door, Did you hear what happened, as I was getting ready to open the door to my car.
My reply, no what’s going on (in my mind I knew something terrible happened).
She invited me into her apartment, she had her TV on with a commentator talking about what had just taken place at the twin towers. Her and I stood there with tears in our eyes struggling to understand what had happened.
America had just been attacked. The world would never be the same!
Who would Respond
Years have passed and we have all asked when a memorial would be erected? How would Americans respond to this tragic event. Today I found out that a memorial was placed in New York in 2006 to honor all those who had lost their lives during the attacks. What surprised me is who created this, and why. Here’s the story.
To the Struggle Against World Terrorism (also known as the Tear of Grief and the Tear Drop Memorial) is a 10–story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, and was dedicated on September 11, 2006, in a ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and then–President of Russia Vladimir Putin. See more here.
An Answer to the Tears
So out of curiosity, why hasn’t this memorial been in the news?
About 50 million people visit New York every year & more than 8 million live there but no one seems to have heard of The Teardrop…. yet it’s a 100 ft tall, 175-ton memorial to those who died on the city’s blackest day. See more here.
Sadly, but most certainly it’s a game of politics that has kept it from the eyes of the general public. What most American don’t know is that millions of people across the world shed tears as well, many of them were Russians. This was their answer to those tears.
May everyone, no matter where you are from, what political party you stand with, race, color, or anything else that might separate us as people let this memorial be the one thing that unites us together in the fight against world terrorism.