When you plan on a trip to the Statue of Liberty National Monument make sure you leave time to go the the Ellis Island portion of the park. Ellis Island was the gateway millions of new Americans used to enter the country. In the troubling times that we live in it is an important reminder that the country was built by immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. We get our strength from our diversity.
When you book your tickets check the schedule and plan out your stop to Ellis Island. On the island you will want to spend time in the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The information desk has a park brochure and is where you can get your passport to the National Parks cancellation stamp.
Wandering these halls and thinking about the fear and apprehension my grandfather must have felt leaving his home country to start a new life made me all the more connected to my family history and gave me a deeper understanding of the modern world.