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Introduction
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Title
Bayonne 9/11 Memorial
2)
Town, State
Bayonne, NJ
3)
ID #
1916
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
April 27, 2012
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
April 27, 2012
6)
Site Worked Last
October 04, 2012
Description
The memorial identifies and remembers 13 residents of Bayonne, New Jersey, killed at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York, when terrorists attacked the U.S., first in 1993 and then in 2o01. The February 26, 1993, WTC bombing -- six conspirators detonated an explosives-packed truck parked beneath Tower One trying to bring down the towers -- killed six U.S. citizens, including Bayonne resident William J. Macko. This bombing also injured more than a thousand people. The conspirators were all tried and convicted. On that second Tuesday in September, 2001, terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial jetliners and crashed them, or had them crashed, into the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia; into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where two of the 13 Bayonne residents, Patricia Cushing and Jane C. Folger died ; and into the twin towers at the World Trade Center, New York, during which 10 of the 13 were killed -- Alysia Basmajian, Ana Mercedes Centro, John A. Cooper, Colleen Ann Delonghary, Ramzi A. Doamy, John Roger Fisher, Orasri Liangthanasarn, Steven P. Morello, Kenneth Joseph Tarantino and Gavin McMahon.

• The central focus of the memorial’s composition is a dark, polished-marble marker, situated on-grade and engraved with commemorative language and dedicatory text along its upper and lower borders, enclosing stone art images of a U.S., wind-blown flag enclosed by the coats of arms of the state of New Jersey and the city of Bayonne. Two thematically related design components nearby extend the memorial’s spiritual lift. First, each of 13 pylons arrayed in a semi-circle behind the central marker is inscribed with a deceased’s name, date of death and affiliation, for instance, United Airlines Flight 93. A second memorializing feature is a piece of WTC steel, four-foot by six-foot, recovered from the Lower Manhattan site after the fall of the towers. This reminder rests upon a marble base etched with the wording “Steel from the World Trade Center.” The design and drafting sections of the monuments firm Pompilio & Sons, Jersey City, created the approved, full-sized monument pieces, and from this design, its sandblast and etching crews produced the finished memorial works. Toward these ends, the firm worked with and under the direction of the Bayonne Remembers September 11 Committee, including its aiding the group secure and install the steel remembrance from the WTC site.

• Developing and opening the memorial, a multi-year project begun very soon after 9/11, focused, especially, on issues related to setting and money. Looking out from its northeast corner location at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, where it occupies a two-acre public space called Harbor View 9/11 Memorial Park, the monument peers into Upper New York Bay toward the former, as well as current, World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan. In 2002 this future monument site in New Jersey named the Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne, then-owned by the federal government, was re-named The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. There followed sweeping redevelopment, costing in the billions of dollars, with the city of Bayonne and its local economic redevelopment authority in the fore. During 2004 Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, under the corporate name Cape Liberty Cruise Port, situated its New York-based cruise passenger service on the peninsula.

Related but separate, the city of Bayonne in 2004 chose to partner with a Russian sculptor and his government to create and construct – quite nearby and on a part of this park site, actually -- a memorial dedicated to the fight against world terrorism and in support of the nearly 3,00o people killed on 9/11 in the U.S., including the 13 Bayonne city residents who died in the terrorist attacks. See ID #1483, this database. Later, in 2007, the city of Bayonne erected, on this same park site, a city-sponsored, event-related memorial dedicated solely to the 13 Bayonne residents who died in the terrorist attacks. The Harbor View 9/11 Memorial Park was dedicated on 9/11/2007, having been constructed by the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. A final memorializing design element for this site was dedicated on 9/11/2011 when members of New Jersey’s Knights of the Fire, comprised of firefighters and other public safety workers partial to motorcycling, accompanied the above-mentioned steel remnant to the memorial site.

• Financing for the project’s activities came from several sources. The local driving force behind the monument’s development was the Bayonne Remembers September 11 Committee, Frank Perrucci, chair. Early on, the committee encouraged and coordinated local donors which gave supporters the wherewithal to press forward with their case for erecting a monument. They ended up, of course, with two monuments, as first the group picked up where Jersey City government had left off when it decided not to proceed with Tsereteli’s “Teardrop” piece. Then the city decided to erect its own, Bayonne-centered work. Contributions of both effort and financial support were also made by: Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority; the city’s public works department, under its leader Gary Chmielewski; Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund; and, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The initial financial efforts of the September 11 Committee were later supplemented by a paving-stones program at the site. And the design and drafting sections of the monuments firm Pompilio & Sons, of Jersey City, worked with the parties to secure and install on the tragedy’s 10th anniversary the recovered piece of steel from the destroyed WTC site.
Content
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Loss & perseverance
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Male and Female
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Combination
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Diorama|model|complex
4)
Stone/rock
5)
Average (life-size)
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Main + Two
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Inscribed/lettered directly and on tablet
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Text available, all
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Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3300-303.1, 3300-303.2, 3300-303.3, 3300-303.4, 3300-303.5, 3300-303.6 3300-303.7 3300-303.8 3300-303.9
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Commercially available
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Pompilio & Sons 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Jersey City 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NJ 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Open Space , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
4 Satisfactory
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
7 Exceptional
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
6 Very Good
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
7 Exceptional
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
6.0 Very Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
2001
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September 11, 2007
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Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
8)
Requires travel
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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1)
File Number
61
2)
Town/City
Bayonne
3)
County
Hudson
4)
District
Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor
5)
State
NJ
6)
Zip
07002
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.6636050000
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Longitude (GPS)
-74.0694330000
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Intersecting Street 1
Port Terminal Blvd.
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Robinson Cir.
12)
Additional Identifier 1
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Citizens/residents
16.2)
Government, Local
16.3)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
April 27, 2012
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19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Correspondence
19.3)
Newspaper
19.4)
Promotional Materials
19.5)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DEMOGRAPHY: Location – Approximate street address, 14 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ 07002.
COMMENT: Setting -- According to the Bayonne Historical Society, on its website, the U.S. military controlled this overall site of 160 acres from June, 1942 (Pearl Harbor’s bombing by the Japanese occurred December 7, 1941), until it was closed in September, 1999. Initially, the Navy controlled this location under its U.S. Naval Supply Depot, or Bayonne Naval Base, unit; in 1967, the Army assumed control and re-titled the activity Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne, or MOTBY, by which it seems to be remembered today.
SOURCES 1 (newspapers, alpha by author, title, numeric): Peter Applebome, “A Jersey City Teardrop for 9/11, Or a 10-Story Embarrassment?” The New York Times, June 30, 2004; Peter Applebome, “Disputed 9/11 Monument, at Sea for a Bit, Gets a Home Nearby,” The New York times, March 13, 2005; Janet Frankston, “Sept. 11 Memorial Rising in Bayonne,” Associated Press, July 31, 2006; “From Russia With Love: A Teardrop Memorial,” two letters dated 6/30/2004 by, respectively, Lauren Wagner and Thea L. Volpe, The New York Times, July 4, 2004; “Jersey City Withholds Action on 9/11 Memorial Sculpture,” Asbury Park Press/Associated Press, June 23, 2004; Jonathan Miller, “Art, or Something Like It, Brings Russian Leader to Bayonne,” The New York Times, September 16, 2005; Al Sullivan, “A Piece of the Fallen Sky,” Hudson Reporter, July 20, 2011; Al Sullivan, “Bayonne to Mark 10th Anniversary of 9/11,” Hudson Reporter, September 11, 2011; Carolynne Wheeler, “Moscow on the Hudson Sculptor Zarab,” The Globe and Mail (retrieved 6/30/2004 from globeandmail.com), March 24, 2004; “9/11 Memorial in New Jersey Honors 40 People Too Many,” The New York Times/Associated Press, September 10, 2006.
SOURCES 2 (all others, by published date, retrieval date, latest first): “Zurab Tsereteli,” Wikipedia, retrieved 4/23/2012; “The 10th Anniversary of Attacks on September 11, 2001,” retrieved April 26, 2012, http://www.press-service.uz/, 11.09.2011; Richard Grigonis, “Russian ‘Tear 9/11 Memorial, To the Struggle Against World Terrorism,’” www.interestingamerica.com, retrieved 4/23/2012, March 4, 2011; “Russian-American 9/11 Memorial Planned for Bayonne,” Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, Downtown in the News Archives, LowerManhattan.info, September 16, 2005; “9-11 Groundbreaking Ceremony Moved to Thursday Evening,” City of Bayonne, retrieved 9/13/2005, http://www.bayonnenj.org/ , September 13, 2005; “Artist Introduces September 11 Memorial at Bayonne Press Conference,” City of Bayonne, retrieved September 13, 2005, http://www.cityofbayonne.org/, March 10, 2005; “World-Class 9-11 Memorial in Jersey City ‘Moscow on the Hudson’ with Celebrated Russian Sculptor,” HELLO!-online, Issue 2/2005; “Jersey City Unveils Plans for World Class 9-11 Memorial “Moscow on the Hudson” with Celebrated Sculptor,” City of Jersey City, http://www.cityofjerseycity.com , September 9, 2003; “Understanding the United Nations: The Official Guidebook.” New York: Department of Public Information, 1997.



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