It was a cold day in February when the SS Madonna arrived at New York Harbor from the Port of Naples, Sicily.
The near month-long journey was coming to an end. Angelina gathered her two daughters and ventured out of the third class to the deck when she heard cheering.
Vittoria, then six years, was lifted to set her eyes on the Statue of Liberty. Others looked on in bewilderment; the symbol of America was before them. With the torch pointing to the Heavens, they felt welcomed to their new land.
The Fourth of July is the most celebrated American holiday. May God continue to bless America and show us the way through troubled waters.
My Grandma sure loved this country, and never forgot
the Lady on the pedestal
at the gateway of the new world.
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