This past weekend, my family and I visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. As a first-generation child myself, it was a humbling experience to read and feel as if you’re front and center, witnessing the voyage many immigrants took to come into America. The ship rides, the food, the tests and loved ones left behind – the process it took to become an American citizen was one of courage and hope. If history was your subject growing up, maybe stop by Ellis Island if you get the chance.
A short ferry ride from Liberty State Park in New Jersey to Ellis Island was no longer than 10 minutes. When we landed, we were greeted by an array of people flooding the island, gaining knowledge on what stood around them – an immigration museum dating back to the late 1800s. The perfect place to learn about immigration in this country. *@DonaldTrump should take a visit*
Ellis Island is home to artifacts dating back when the inspection center was running. My family and I walked through the museum reading quotes left from immigrants who journeyed through. After spending about an hour on the island, we remembered we came for more than Ellis Island alone. The real excitement came from seeing Miss Liberty. For the most part, all of us only saw her on tv or in pictures. However, when I moved into my Jersey City apartment in November, I realized I’m now able to see her from a distance outside my window.
There’s definitely a difference seeing her from your bedroom window as opposed to seeing her up close in person which by the way is breathtaking. A gift from the French, the Statue of Liberty stands for freedom and faith. She is definitely a monument worth seeing. Miss Liberty and Ellis Island are national tributes to what America is today (Without the Donald Trump none sense). Make sure to visit if you get the chance.