THE AMERICAN IMMIGRANT WALL OF HONOR® AT ELLIS ISLAND EXPANDS
3,100 New Names Unveiled
New York, NY (May 2008) – Over 3,100 new names have just been added to The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® at Ellis Island. Inscribed for posterity by Americans honoring their ancestors from Italy, Germany, Ireland and other lands, the newly added names were registered in 2007.
The largest wall of names in the world, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® features the names of over 700,000 individuals and families who have been honored by their descendants. The Wall celebrates American immigration from colonial times right up to the present and features the ancestors of Barbra Streisand, Lee Iacocca, Barry Manilow, Cicely Tyson, Tommy Lasorda, Mary Higgins Clark and so many more.
Family members and friends from across the country can view the names on the “Virtual Wall” at www.wallofhonor.org. Commemorative certificates of registration and panel reproductions as well as personalized Wall photographs are also available on the website.
Registration for the new edition of The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® will close December 31, 2008. A name can be placed on the Wall with a $150 tax-deductible contribution. Gift certificates to let loved ones place a name of their choice on the Wall of Honor are also available. All new submissions will be engraved on the Wall in Summer 2009. Funds raised will be used to support the important work of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
For more information on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® or to register a name, visit www.wallofhonor.org or call (212) 541-4500.
About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit
organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic
restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership
with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to
restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base
and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant
Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center®. Its
endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
Peg Zitko (212-561-4517)