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The Statue of Liberty, 'Liberty Enlightening the World,' was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a N
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US celebrates Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday

posted at 10/28/2011 7:05 PM EDT
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The Statue of Liberty, 'Liberty Enlightening the World,' was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. The 1886 dedication was attended by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed on that day that 'Liberty' would "magnify France beyond the seas." The dedication was followed by a fireworks display and New York City's first ever 'Ticker Tape' parade.

The NPS theme for the 125th anniversary events is 'Honor History, Envision the Future.' The program for the day is jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and their proud partners at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company and Macy's.

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posted at 10/29/2011 9:12 AM EDT
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Thanks for the heads up Miss Nancy!

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posted at 10/29/2011 11:19 AM EDT
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Thanks for the update

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posted at 10/29/2011 12:45 PM EDT
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Thanks for the info.My Family arrived at Ellis island in 1922.My Dad was 13 and my uncle 10.Can you imagaine arriving in a new country and seeing "Lady Liberty" for the first time ? What a sight to behold!

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posted at 10/29/2011 3:18 PM EDT
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Officially known as 'Liberty Enlightening the World', Lady Liberty is made from 300 copper sheets, which are suspended from a steel framework. These copper sheets have naturally oxidized over the years, to form a 'patina' green coating. This is why the Statue of Liberty appears green. This 151′1″ tall Statue of Liberty, stands on an 89 feet tall pedestal (made of concrete and granite) and 65 feet tall; eleven point star-shaped courtyard foundation. The Statue of Liberty bears semblance to Libertas, an ancient Roman goddess of freedom from slavery and tyranny. However, the sculptor modeled the statue's face after his mother's. Lady Liberty's face is more than 8 feet tall

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posted at 10/29/2011 4:32 PM EDT
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Thank you for the great info and history lessons.

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posted at 10/29/2011 4:33 PM EDT
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Maxine...

Thank you so much for this educational information.  I truly enjoy and learn from your post!

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posted at 10/29/2011 8:05 PM EDT
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Happy birthday Lady Liberty!!

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posted at 10/30/2011 10:52 AM EDT
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Her feet are 25 feet long, wherein her raised right foot symbolizes moving forward, while the left foot symbolizes trampling binding shackles. Her crown features seven spikes representing the seven continents and seven seas. The crown features an observation deck with 25 windows, with a capacity to accommodate 20 people at a time. To get to this observation room, one has to climb a 354-step winding staircase from the pedestal.

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posted at 10/30/2011 12:04 PM EDT
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Thank you. I remember as a child the many school trips to see the Statue of Liberty. She is as impressive today as she was  over 50 years ago to a child's eyes. God Bless America!

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posted at 10/30/2011 12:40 PM EDT
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Thanks for the info, Maxine. I visited NYC a few years ago with my sisters and we were hoping to get to the observation deck. But she was closed. We did get a wonderful view from the ferry.

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posted at 10/31/2011 12:18 AM EDT
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Lady Liberty's highlight is the torch held in the right hand and the Statue of Liberty tablet grasped in the left. The flame of the torch is coated with gold-leaf and represents enlightenment, affirming the fact why Lady Liberty is referred to as ‘Liberty enlightening the World’. The gold-leaf coating reflects the sun's rays during the day and after dusk, the 16 floodlights in the torch light it up. A forty feet ladder leads to the torch, however, after the "Black Tom" explosion of 1916, it is no longer accessible to the public. In 1986, Lady Liberty underwent renovation, wherein she received a new torch because the old one was worn out. The original torch is now displayed in the Statue of Liberty museum

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posted at 10/31/2011 5:22 AM EDT
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What a celebration!  It is just great!

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posted at 10/31/2011 12:25 PM EDT
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Measuring 23′ 7″ tall and 13′ 7″ wide, the tablet is held in Lady Liberty's left hand. It displays an inscription, which is the date of United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty comprises a series of letters, along with a few numbers written in Roman numericals. The inscription actually denotes the day the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence. As on the tablet, the inscription goes like this:

JULY IV MDCCLXXVI

This means July 4, 1776. This is the only inscription found on the Statue of Liberty.

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posted at 10/31/2011 1:47 PM EDT
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Lady Liberty is magnificient!  Thanks for all of the fun facts about her.

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posted at 10/31/2011 4:20 PM EDT
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Thanks for sharing all the info Maxine.  Funny, I didn't hear anything about any kind of celebration for her birthday.  Must've only been a local thing.

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posted at 11/1/2011 12:08 AM EDT
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America did not have the funds to build a pedestal, to mount the Statue of Liberty. One of their fundraising ideas was to ask the poet, Emma Lazarus to write a poem for Lady Liberty. She wrote a sonnet, 'New Colossus' which goes like this:

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
This sonnet was inscribed on a bronze plaque and displayed inside the pedestal. However, after renovation, the plaque was moved to the Statue of Liberty museum, at the base of the pedestal. Though there are several quotes associated with the Statue of Liberty, the most popular one is "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", from the sonnet.

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posted at 11/2/2011 12:08 AM EDT
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Since the 'New Colossus' poem was inscribed on a plaque, and then mounted inside the pedestal, it cannot be called an inscription. Thus, the only inscription found on the Statue of Liberty is that of JULY IV MDCCLXXVI, inscribed on the law book. Statue of Liberty's history, the stories associated with it and the profound thoughts hidden in this magnificent Lady are simply stupendous! The more you learn about Lady Liberty the more you admire her. No wonder she is referred to as the pride of America!

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