The little-known Tear of Grief Memorial or Teardrop Memorial, more formally titled "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism," is a 2006 gift from the Russian people to the United States to commemorate American grief in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The memorial, created by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, stands in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is aligned to provide a view of the Statue of Liberty across the water.
When pictures of this monument started popping up online, along with an explanation of its provenance, doubters openly wondered whether the Russians really did give such a gift to America. Turns out they did.
It's been fifteen years since that fateful day when nearly 3000 people died. What have we learned? How are we applying that learning? And has that made a difference?