I came back from our family "pig roast" reunion, after having seen and toured Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Not having seen either since I was a very little girl, and on the evening after the reunion, tracing our family back to 1793 - I found our names on the wall at Ellis Island. While it may not be impressive to some as a destination - it took all these decades for me to understand why it was the "only" destination for generations.
from http: // score.rims .k12.ca .us / activity/ immigrant/ media/ellis_island2 . jpg