I’m following the Statue of Liberty on Twitter. It just reopened today, and in the first group to go up were some of the new citizens sworn in at the Statue this morning.

One Fourth of July, I traveled to Monticello, Jefferson’s home, to see a friend be naturalized on the lawn before the Big House. It was a beautiful sunny day, and there was a particular poignancy to watching this friend be sworn into citizenship on the territory of a man who would have bought and sold her as a slave.

This is patriotism at its most beautiful, mingling the celebration of the founding moment of the nation with the welcoming of new citizens, in the heart of the land’s historic treasures.