I heard on the news that the Statue of Liberty will reopen on July 4th, 2013 after it was closed in October 2012. Liberty Island suffered significant infrastructure damage from Hurricane Sandy which rocked the east coast.
Did you know that Lady Liberty officially celebrated her 100th birthday in 1986? The Statue was given to the United States by France in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Lady Liberty’s symbolism has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as international friendship.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island embraces one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern, and eastern Europeans into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains, that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. The Island served these immigrants as the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new life in America.
My maternal grandfather passed through Ellis Island way back in the early 1900s and I think his name may even be engraved on the walls. I plan on visiting this summer with all of my family to pay tribute to all who passed through and will continue to pass through to live in the great United States of America, the land of freedom and opportunity. As a tribute to Lady Liberty, I discovered 4th of July Military Gifts for friends of mine in the military to show my appreciation for all they do for our Country and other countries throughout the world. I bought a bunch of USA Flags and USA Home of the Brave Caps. Be sure to visit my blog for pictures of the group. It is going to be a glorious celebration!
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The Statue of Liberty Ellis Island, Symbol of Freedom & Opportunity!