Ahoy, Lady Liberty! Here I am in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York, NY. This was taken on my first trip to the Big Apple. I was not only impressed with New York City’s grandeur, but with it’s rich history as well. Inside the statue, the following words are engraved:
"Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
On this day, I also visited Ellis Island, where I searched the Wall of Honor for some of my long lost relatives. The wall only contains the names of a fraction of the immigrants processed at Ellis Island, but I was able to find a name I believe to be my eighth cousin, twice removed, on my father’s side. It was truly a moving experience that brought tears to my eyes. I imagine my ancestors braving the harsh seas, sailing toward the horizon with the dream of a better life waiting for them in the Land of the Free!