The City of Bayonne has covered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name on their September 11th, 2001 Tear Drop Memorial due to their ongoing in Ukraine, Mayor Jimmy Davis said on social media.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Bayonne is home to a beautiful monument commemorating the lives lost on September 11, 2001. ‘To the Struggle Against World Terrorism’ was created by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, and was a gift to Bayonne from the people of Russia,” Davis wrote on Facebook
” … Recently, there has been some discussion on removing the monument because Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name appears on two plaques at the park. I want to be clear, we will NEVER take down this monument! We have, however, taken steps to cover the name of Putin, due to his recent actions against the people of Ukraine.”
He added that the Department of Public Works, at his direction, covered both monument plaques that feature Putin’s name.
Davis was quick to come out in support of Ukraine after Russian began invading at the end of February, reiterating those feelings at an interfaith vigil at City Hall earlier this month.
“We all, no matter who you are, where you are, we all need to stand together and stand up to one bully, let him know we’re not going to allow this to happen,” he said of Putin at the time.
The Associated Press reported this morning that Putin is currently angry and frustrated that has military has been able to overcome Ukraine’s armed forces, leading to fear that he may try to escalate the conflict in the coming days.