Statue of Liberty at Dawn © Claudia Ward
We sincerely wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July ... week, remembering the liberties and principles upon which our country was founded.
As I was watching the Boston Pops last night, I was brought to tears listening to the Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winner Rita Moreno (86), a woman of Puerto Rican descent describe her first sighting of the Statue of Liberty, followed by a reading from "The New Colossus". This poem was written by Emma Lazarus, a descendent of early Jewish settlers of Portuguese origin, in 1883, to be sold to raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. In 1903, the poem was inscribed on a plaque that is on display at the Statue of Liberty site for all to see. The Statue was a gift from the people of France; Americans built its foundation.
The New Colossus
Happy 4th of July one and all, from a woman of Scottish and Irish descent.