On Friday of last week the kids were off from school so we decided to take a day trip up to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with my dear friend Peggy and her son, Michael's buddy, Trevor.
We parked at Liberty Park and took the ferry on over to the two islands. Here is the brand new "Empty Sky Memorial" dedicated on September 11th, 2011 at Liberty Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. This memorial honors the 746 New Jersey-ans who lost their lives in the horrific twin tower attacks of 9/11.
The memorial represents the two towers at 208 ft 10 inches long and 30 feet high and it bears the name of each person who perished on that tragic day. The granite walkway between the two walls provides a direct view to the now empty site of the twin towers in Manhattan.
Here we are arriving at Ellis Island.
From 1892 to 1924 over 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. The inspection process took anywhere from 3 to 7 hours, but this made no difference to most who came through Ellis Island. For them it was "The island of Hope" as they were just beginning their journey to new experiences and opportunity in America. And for those denied entry into the country, many who's families were torn apart by this action...the island for them became "The Island of Tears"
The New York City skyline as seen from from Ellis Island.
Michael and Trevor looking at Manhattan from Liberty Island, New York.
The Lady Liberty...the universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Below is the mighty Verrazano Bridge...the longest suspension bridge in the United States. The bridge spans from Staten Island to Brooklyn and is one mile in length. It also serves as the starting line for the greatest marathon in the world! I am so glad I never saw this shot before I ran over it last November during the 42nd running of the NYC marathon.
The kids also studied to earn their Junior Ranger badges.
All in all it was a picture perfect day for everyone!
Well for almost everyone!!!
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