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In commemoration of the sixteenth anniversary of September 11th, the Furman University Libraries are highlighting the eBook, 9/11: The World Speaks. More than four million people from across the United States and around the world have come through the galleries of the 9/11 Tribute Museum, formerly known as the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. A project of the September 11th Families’ Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the museum began serving the public in 2006. Many of these visitors have written their poignant reflections about the impact of September 11th on visitor cards that are collected in the Museum’s final gallery.
For the first time ever, the book 9/11: The World Speaks brings together a choice selection of these visitor cards, many of which talk about the inspiration people find in the outpouring of humanity in response to September 11th. In seeing the selflessness of first responders and ordinary citizens who rushed to help strangers and friends on that day, and in the many months of recovery that followed, adults and young people write that they have been inspired to help others in their communities and around the world.
About the Author: Lee Ielpi is a native of Great Neck, New York. Lee spent his career as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department serving as a member of Rescue 2. Since losing his son Jonathan Lee Ielpi, Squad 288, FDNY, at the World Trade Center, Lee has dedicated himself to responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center with an eye towards making tomorrow a better day. He joined with the September 11th Families’ Association in November 2001 to represent the interests of the 9/11 community. In 2004, Lee along with Jennifer Adams co-founded the Tribute WTC Visitor Center.