The Tribute WTC Visitor Center welcomes an average of 500,000 visitors to lower Manhattan annually. Cofounder and Board President Lee Ielpi, a retired NYC firefighter, lost his son, firefighter Jonathan Ielpi, on September 11th, and has since then been dedicated to communicating the need for understanding history and educating young people to create a more peaceful world. Visit the Tribute WTC Visitor Center online at tributewtc.org.
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“It's very heartwarming to read the thoughts of the people that come to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. We are so grateful to see that so many people around the world have been inspired by our city's resilience.” –Robert De Niro
“This heartbreaking and breathtaking collection of remembrances is deeply personal yet universal. The eloquent simplicity of these reflections is a moving tribute to both the survivors and the victims of that terrible day. Reading this wonderful book reminds us that our sense of community and our essential humanity remain strong.” —Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York; Former President, Brown University; Former President, New York Public Library
"The voices from the postcards left at Ground Zero are unbearably poignant. The letters written by family members are raw with emotion that never fades, even years later. . . . These simple, powerful words will linger with me. I urge you to read these letters." --from the Foreword by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
"Left by visitors from 120 countries, these poignant drawings and notes express pain, sympathy and hope." —People Magazine
". . . passionate tributes left by visitors to ground zero collected by Lee Ielpi." —New York Times
A moving collection in words and pictures from the Tribute WTC Visitor Center—the ideal 10th anniversary memorial book