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Sunday, June 17, 2012

This Day in History

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June 17, 1885: Statue of Liberty

On this day in 1885, the dismantled State of Liberty,
a gift of friendship from the people of France
to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor.

Gateway to America

From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants
entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island.
This small island in New York Harbor
lies within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

Open portal to liberty
An island so small
Its gateway to America
Heeded freedom's call. . .

A call to come in
Away from daily strife
Where bloodshed ruled
Under blade of the knife. . .

Where bondage and chains
Were left far behind
No more tears and scars
Only peace of mind. . .

Where heart and mind
The spirit's retreat
Welcomed those who came in
To rest and replete

But not without toil
Labor nor skill
For freedom's not free
Just the free will. . .

The will to be better
The will to overcome
To pledge and honor
The beat of her drum. . .

The heartbeat of America
Standing guard, proud and strong
The Statue of Liberty
Embodied a daily song. . .

A song about courage
To stand up and fight
On that you could see

By her very might

In New York Harbor
Lady Liberty still stands tall
Her torch ever burning

A beacon of liberty for all

Open portal to liberty
Ellis Island so small
Its gateway to America
Beckons freedom for all

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Sharla Lee Shults