My son Zack and his wife Afi are in New York City today.
Their first stop this morning was Ellis Island. They would be on a mission to find as many Sicilian relative’s names as possible engraved onto the Memorial there.
I hope they were able to find the engraved names of my Uncle Giovanni Truzzolino (left) and his brother Antonio Truzzolino, my maternal grandfather. The picture to the left was taken in one of those funny photo booths that were popular back in the 1950’s. I believe this shot was taken at the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton, California in 1956. They were both in their mid-60’s.
Giovanni and Antonio arrived in this country during the first decade of the 20th century with courage and little money…yet with vivid dreams to succeed in the New World.
They were hard working, salt of the earth, fun loving, family people.
The early 20th century was a period of time when those vivid immigrant dreams, courage and ambitions were celebrated and memorialized in stone by Americans.
The early 21st century is a period of time during which Americans chastise, condemn and destroy similar vivid immigrant dreams, courage and ambitions.
How selfish our nation has become.