|Hard to stand at the base of the statue and not feel its gravity. The torch is not of a burning fire, but one of illumination and enlightenment.|
I was moved visiting the statue as there were people there from many parts foreign, gawking, remarking, celebrating all that the statute might stand for. I say might because the audio narration stated that different periods celebrated the statue for different reasons. For example, during WWII the statue became the symbol for war bonds.
Ellis Island was also moving to visit, the sweeping expanse of the main entrance hall easy to imagine crammed full of people. I went to the website of the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation and entered my family name and was able to find 256 instance where people with the exact same last name entered and exited the country. I learned my grandfather had boarded a ship called Europe in 1951, most likely for a vacation.
|The second floor of the main building.|
Speaking of which, here it is, your moment of Ellis Island Zen.