I recently watched a program about Ellis Island on the History Channel. I was so moved that I felt compelled to write about it on my blog. My husband and I had the unique experience of visiting there while on vacation in Canada and New England. We actually took a ferry ride to Liberty Island first and then on to Ellis Island next.
As I look back on those two special places, I am reminded of what is important in this country and how we became who we are. As we all struggle to make sense of what is happening in our country today, we need to be reminded of our roots and of those brave immigrants who left their homeland to come to America. Those spirited people helped set the mold for who we are today.
As we walked around in the old building that is now a museum, we felt the presence of those brave souls who staged no demonstrations or protests and never bickered about what America owed them. They were just glad to be here and willing to do whatever was necessary to stay. We could all learn a lesson from that and know that we must fight to preserve this great country and what it stands for. We must be proud to be an American!
The pictures above were taken at Ellis Island. I have also included several links that give you more information about this historic place. The first link is especially good as it takes you on an interactive tour with authentic footage and audios of people who actually came to Ellis Island as children. The second link gives you historical background about the Island.