Cordelia May was a longtime friend of Fred and Joanne Rogers. Upon his passing, she wished to honor Fred -- in the city that was his home -- and at a location where all could be reminded of his messages and legacy of love. She began to collaborate with Joanne Rogers on the creation of a sculpture that would incur no costs for the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.
Through more than three years of input and recommendations from at least 20 stakeholder groups and countless individuals, Tribute to Children has evolved into a concept that presents a new attraction for the City of Pittsburgh and the region. The intent of Tribute to Children is to create an easily accessible, highly visible, new destination site that will attract families and visitors to Pittsburgh and serve as a source of pride to all residents. It symbolizes Pittsburgh as a compelling place for families and for outdoor recreation.