Russian 9/11 Memorial?

At first I thought I was the only one who had never heard of this (due to the fact I was in Iraq at the time of its dedication). So I have rightfully filed this one in the “stuff that happened when I was in Iraq” category. But judging from all the comments on the web, nobody has ever heard of it. Some are going so far as to call it an urban legend. Needless to say, it does exist. From the Bayonne Local Development Authority:

Time cures everything, but there are things we cannot and must not forget. Standing more than 100 feet tall, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” honors victims of 9/11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and serves a symbol of solidarity in the fight against world terrorism. Created by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, the memorial was a gift from the Russian people.

The Memorial was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, in a ceremony attended by President Bill Clinton, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Senator Robert Menendez and family members of World Trade Center victims. Grammy award winner, Leann Rimes, sang the National Anthem.

By day, or nighttime when it is lit, the Memorial is clearly visible from lower Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry, ships passing through New York Harbor and airplanes approaching Newark Airport.

I understand why I didn’t hear about it, being in Iraq and all. But why has no one else heard of this? Where was the MSM? Were they so busy attacking Bush that they couldn’t devote one iota of news to the memorial? And they wonder why they’re all going bankrupt. More pictures and info can be found here.

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