Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Statue of Liberty

My family recently visited Ellis Island. It was one of the most touching, moving experiences in our lives. After boarding the ferry, and watching Lady Liberty coming closer to us, as she continued to grow larger, it was great when we arrived to see her in person.

We received the Statue of Liberty from the people of France. It was given as a gift of friendship and represents a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Lady was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It became a national monument in 1924. It was restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

In order to enter any level of the statue each person needs to purchase a pedestal ticket. Anyone wishing to visit the crown must have a separate ticket and access is limited. If you want to visit the island and the statue you must first go through a security screening. Actually, this happens twice: once before boarding the ferry and another time before entering the monument.

Thousands of people visit the Statue of Liberty each day. It is a true symbol to Americans to our freedom and democracy. Seeing the lady makes you feel proud to be a citizen of our country. It also makes you feel safe knowing she is watching over our country - just as it made us feel safe knowing we had set our home alarm system before leaving home.

Guest blog post from Jordan Gleason

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