Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lady Liberty...Let Freedom Ring!

When I come in on the ferry and see Lady Liberty with her torch upheld to the sky, I can't help but think about what the first immigrants arriving here must have thought. It is always an emotional sight to me. What hope She gave as she came into sight! And at the same time what fears abound.

"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-tossed to me.I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
"The New Colossus", a sonnet written in
1883 by Emma Lazarus.Emma died at the age of 38 in 1887. The words from her sonnet were engraved at the base of the Statue in 1912.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France. She stands in the middle of the harbor of New York City and is a symbol of hope and freedom for immigrants.

I can't visit the Statue of Liberty and not think about those immigrants that came over on ships, most in the lowest class accommodations in the bottom of the boat called 'stearage'

They packed them in tight when you traveled in stearage and diseases spread like wildfire. Most were cured, but one of the first things they did was give you a quickie medical exam. If they found something they wrote a letter on your lapel, and sent you out for more examinations.

I love the stories and history of Ellis Island. If you are ever there be sure not to miss the tour and watch the movie about the 'fears and tears'. Some would be sent back, and others separated from family members, and others still, who shed tears upon leaving their homeland to never again return home for just the opportunity of work in this New country.
Read more about Ellis Island here

Today, the museum receives almost 2 million visitors annually.

About the Statue of Liberty:

The Statue's copper skin weighs more than 62,000 pounds. The difficult task
of supporting this heavy load was further complicated by the Statue's unusual
shape,its off-balance arm, and the high winds of NY Harbor. To overcome
these obstacles they turned to the brilliant engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who
devised an ingenious new support system. The price tag for building
the pedestal and erecting the Statue $300,000.

More than 300 ships all sizes and kinds were anchored off the island on
October 28, 1886,the day the Statue was dedicated. Nearly 1 million
people watched and took part in the land parade.
The largest NY had ever seen.

We boarded a boat named 'Freedom' to make the short
trip over to Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty
ON the left......My youngest child.. Holly, and her husband Justin.

Once there we went up into the Statue.... 150 steps up.
We walked.. leaving the elevators for the very
young and old. I thought I would get behind, so I
counted steps... on 99 I had to take a break and
surprisingly so did both of them!

Once up the stairs on the upper level we saw pictures
posters, and read information about how Lady Liberty
came to pass.

Here I am alongside a replica of the face.

And here the mighty feet of the Statue.

Looking down from above.

This shot of Her is taken from NJ looking across
the waters at NYC.

I thank God I live in this country where freedom still
rings! I thank God we have this Statue as a symbol of
hope and a reminder of those who came
to 'breathe free'

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Marsha said...

I enjoyed seeing Miss L and surrounding sights through your lens. Thanks for taking us along!

The Birdlady said...

Enjoyed the tour - very nice photos as always.

HANNIBAL said...

Gorgeous photos, perfect lighting! Love the whole post!

Sara G said...

Wonderful post. Great pics.
One day I hope to see this in person!!
Take care and thanks for sharing.

Bird Girl said...

Really nice! I liked those old newspaper articles - how cool - I was trying to see if you could see Central Park in that one picture of the old news clip. Interesting and I love that last shot!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a most informative post.The picture as well as your notes have a wonderful story to tell.God Bless America and Canada.

Shellmo said...

Very inspirational - great shots of a great lady!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos.

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