From the introduction to one of my grandmother’s several books, which seems particularly appropriate to reprint today:
There is Liberty.
She is there as troop ships pass in and out of the harbor. She is there for the boat captain, the sailor, the child born under her shadow. She is there for the refugee and the children of refugees. She is there for the school girl on her college vacation and the bride on her honeymoon. Liberty is there for the captive in eastern Europe, in southeast Asia and in prison in the United States. She is the ideal religious symbol of a democratic people- the unfailing woman who waits, who welcomes, the mother who loves impartially, who cannot be moved, whose very presence is Liberty – undefiled by the politics of time.
The full title is “Dear Miss Liberty – Letters to the Statue of Liberty,” and it can be purchased on Amazon if you’re so inclined. My grandmother, Lynne Bundesen, edited. Here are some of her other books.