As you know by now I love learning new things. Especially when those new things are about subjects that I enjoy like travel and history and America.
One thing I like to visit, especially in any coastal city, are lighthouses. Whenever possible we climb them to the top.
These are magnificent buildings that were built expressly to lead ships to harbor.
Fishermen and military ships alike could depend on lighthouses to light their way home through dark, fog and storms.
They were a beacon leading them to safety– and home.
But I wonder how many people know that one of the most important lighthouses in America was the Statue of Liberty?
In November of 1886, ordered by President Grover Cleveland, the Statue of Liberty was maintained and operated as a lighthouse in New York Harbor.
Not only has Lady Liberty served as a beacon for sailors during this time but forevermore the light–and the hope–in her torch, has welcomed so many immigrants to this wonderful nation.
She served as a lighthouse until 1902. And while that function may have ended–her light has never diminished.
Lady Liberty is our symbol of freedom and hope and the opportunity that leads us all to strive for a better life.
She is the lighthouse that leads us home.
From The New Colossus: “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”