Does any recognize this woman? She is the author of a very famous poem, one I'm sure you all know at least a few lines from. Her words are on a brass plaque that adorns our Lady Liberty...
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
My parents were immigrants to this country many years ago, leaving behind family and braving the unknown for an opportunity to have a better life for themselves but mostly for their children. They came not speaking a word of english and not knowing anyone here all because they knew that this was the land of opportunity. I imagine a great many of you can trace your family roots to somewhere across the 'pond'.
They braved an uncertain future.
They endured physicals to enter and feared being turned away.
The ill were quarantined, frightened and seperated from family.
The cuisine was foreign to them and less than stellar!
While the doors of Ellis Island are now closed, throngs of people continue to come to the USA.