All Paths Lead to Liberty
From family heritage to family vacations, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island hold special meaning to millions. For Ariel and Margie Moutsatsos, the significance spans generations.
On February 10, 1910, Pietro Vizza set sail from Naples, Italy, aboard the S.S. Berlin. Three weeks later, the 31-year-old tailor arrived at Ellis Island to begin a new life in America.
Six decades later, Drosos Moutsatsos, a sailor from Greece, made his way to Mexico where he met and married Alba Gloria Morales, a teacher. Although Mexico was now home, Drosos often remembered his days as a sailor, when he would see the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States on board the many ships he worked on. He loved describing over and over again the imposing sight of Lady Liberty and the everchanging skyline of New York.
In 1986, to celebrate Lady Liberty’s centennial, Alba and Drosos purchased a commemorative poster from a café in Mexico City, gifting it to their son, Ariel, who kept it pinned upon his bedroom wall, changing its spot continuously “until it literally ended up in pieces,” the younger Moutsatsos remembered.