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Statue of Liberty

September 16, 2009

On Tuesday, we woke up early and caught the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. We knew that the crown was open for viewing, but were disappointed to learn that you need to buy crown tickets THREE MONTHS in advance! I was also not expecting the high level of security. Boarding the ferry was like boarding an airplane, and before actually entering the statue pedestal, we each passed through a booth that can detect explosives!  In any event, the statue was worth the wait. 

Another shuttle took us to Ellis Island.  Just like at the statue, the exhibits are very well presented for easy understanding by speakers of all languages and visitors of all ages.  We rode the ferry back to New York with a richer understanding of the process by which so many had crossed these waters before us.  Ironically, most of our fellow passengers were speaking foreign languages, which drove home the enduring importance of these monuments – not just to our nation, but to everyone on this planet.  Shine on, Lady Liberty!

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