Veteran's Day: NYC

It's 11-11-11, that special day, only to be beaten by 12-12-12 next year! It was also Veteran's Day and this year I spent it showing a dear family around NYC. We ran across a Veteran's Day parade on 5th, then went up in the Empire State Building. Afterwards, we took a ferry and sailed by Lady Liberty to visit Ellis Island and the immigration museum. We left feeling particularly thankful that we didn't have to make the sacrifice that our ancestors did sailing across the waters–fighting sickness, leaving home and loved ones–starting over in a new land.  I felt particularly patriotic, thinking of Lady Liberty welcoming these travelers to our shores, their new home. 

Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!