Statue Of Liberty Kept Her Promises

On My Anniversary Of Earning U.S. Citizenship, The Statue Of Liberty Kept Her Promises

Immigrants like me who have lived in places with neither economic nor political freedom can attest that this is the greatest nation on earth, and we are so glad to be part of it.
Helen Raleigh


This month marks my six-year anniversary of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. What’s a better way to celebrate it than visiting the Statue of Liberty? I had been to New York City many times and had admired her from a distance, but somehow a visit to the statue just couldn’t fit into my schedule in the past.

For this trip, however, my husband and I made sure we set aside plenty of time just for her. To save time, we stayed in a hotel only a few minutes’ walk from Battery Park, a famed historical park at the very southern tip of Manhattan, where one can catch a ferry to tour the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.…

The ferry did a good job of letting us admire her from all angles. The green goddess was more magnificent than I had imagined. She greeted me like an old friend — after all, I had seen her images many times before.

At the same time, the sight of her still made my heart pound, and I was filled with excitement and joy. I couldn’t help wondering: Was this how millions of immigrants felt when they first saw her and knew they had finally arrived at the land of freedom and opportunity?…

Read it all at The Federalist

h/t J.J. Sefton’s spectacular Morning Report, M-F on Ace♠

Liberty pre-assembly pic:


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