Blogging From A to Z Challenge – S


Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… ~ Emma Lazarus

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – S

 “S” is for statue; for this post it’s the Statue of Liberty. 

Lady Liberty was a gift from the people of France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. She was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and made of copper. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

I took the photo above on a trip to the “Big Apple” with my daughter. As I stood there looking up at Miss Liberty, I could only imagine what the immigrants felt when they entered New York Harbor and saw her. They were coming to America to begin a new and better life. She represented the hopes and dreams of some twelve million people who passed through Ellis Island and continues that esteemed purpose to this day.

For more information click this link.

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – B

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“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants…” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Blogging From A to Z Challenge

“B” is for baggage, as in the kind we use to travel.

Pictured above are photos of the suitcases, trunks and containers that the immigrants brought on their ocean voyages to America. Entering the country through Ellis Island in New York Harbor, some 12 million people passed through this historic building between 1892 and 1954.

If you enjoy history and traveling, put Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on your destinations wish list. It’s truly amazing to see the displays, like the Ellis Island Baggage Room, and Miss Liberty. They’re a powerful reminder that seeking a new & better life is often a tough journey, but well worth the trip.  

NOTE: If you want to tour Lady Liberty, you must schedule a reservation in advance of your trip. Plan your visit  or simply learn more by clicking the link.