The statue really is impressive, and I was glad to see it. But I was done in about 10 minutes. We weren't able to get tickets into the pedestal/museum or the even more exclusive tickets to the top of the crown. So, we walked around the wide area at the base of the statue and took a lot of pictures. That was it. Since we had plenty of time we figured we'd spend it at Ellis Island. That turned out to be a moving and deeply informative experience.
This is the great hall at Ellis Island through which every immigrant passed. I could imagine the room full of benches and tired people. It took hours to be processed. For some, those hours stretched to days, weeks, or months if there were problems with their information. This was the only place where we purchased an audio tour and I was so glad we did. I learned so much about the history of this place and the people who passed through here. I had so many conflicting emotions. I thought our country, for the most part, was really trying to be fair and responsible with the masses of people flooding in, but there was some injustice to it as well. I found that I was quite moved by the plight of the immigrant. It would have been even more emotional if I had some ancestors that had gone through those halls, but I was unaware of any.
By the way, when did we stop making such intricate and beautiful ceilings?
After visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I couldn't help but be struck by the conflicting message our country sends. On one side we have a symbol of opportunity that says,