On the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, many take the occasion to celebrate their American citizenship. As is often the case, those who came from elsewhere and adopted citizenship sometimes do this more ardently than those with the good luck to have been born with it. In New York, the greatest way to acknowledge Citizenship Day is with a visit to Ellis Island. There, in the most historically significant spot in the U.S., you can stand on the spot where 12 million of our ancestors stood, in their effort to seek a better life for themselves and their children. While many did not become citizens, many did. And this rite of passage paved the way for those of us who have followed.
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