The 3 Most Patriotic Sites in NYC

Did you know Farenga Funeral Home got its start in 1876? Just think: That’s only 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence! We have been a fixture in the Greater Queens and Astoria areas ever since, meeting the funeral service needs of families like yours with excellence and compassion.

As Memorial Day approaches, our staff at Farenga Funeral Home offers our deepest thanks to those brave men and women who have defended our freedom for generations. We recognize and pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives to protect ours.

We take great pride in our country, and during a time of patriotism, there is no better place to be in the country than New York City. There is no better way to learn about our great country – and our great city – than by visiting historic sites that make our hearts swell with national pride in the best possible way. Here, we’ve come up with our three favorites. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited them, or you have out-of-town visitors in for the holiday weekend, we recommend checking them out. Each one speaks to our history, our freedom, and our love of country.

Statue of Liberty1. The Statue of Liberty. Many would claim the Statue of Liberty is the most patriotic site in our nation. Since its dedication in 1886, the statue has symbolized freedom and democracy, as well as international friendship. The 111-foot copper statue was created by French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, who was asked to design a gift to commemorate the 1876 centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924, and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. She is the soul of our city.

2. National September 11 Memorial & Museum. This 8-acre memorial and museum pays tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as those who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. According to the memorial’s website, “The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.” It was one of our country’s darkest days, and this memorial is a poignant reflection of our peoples’ strength and resolve in the midst of tragedy.

The main immigration building on Ellis Island3. Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the U.S., acting as the gateway for over 12 million immigrants. According to the National Park Services, over 100 million Americans can now trace their ancestry to the immigrants who crossed this island before dispersing to points all over the country. Today, a visit to Ellis Island and its accompanying museum, shows what immigrants experienced at the facility during its busiest years of operation. Talk about a trip back in time!

Today and every day, as you observe Memorial Day and head into the summer months, remember the team at Farenga Funeral Home considers you family – both as Americans and as New Yorkers. We are here for you when it matters most.