Lady Liberty Turns 130 Years Old

Lady Liberty, Statue of Liberty, Symbol of Freedom and DemocracyOn what is known as the celebration of her arrival in the Big Apple, the Queen of New York harbor turns 130 years old today. The Statue of Liberty, one of America’s most famous landmarks was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (who modeled it after his own mother), with assistance from engineer Gustave Eiffel, who later developed the iconic tower in Paris.

On June 17, 1885, the dismantled copper and iron Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrived in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed (in more than 200 cases). The statue was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland. The statue stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, originally known as Bedloe Island, and was officially renamed in 1956.

Through the years, this iconic statue became known around the world as an enduring symbol of democracy and freedom. Thank you France for your precious gift to our country and no matter which of the 50 states you are in around the nation, join in the celebration of commemorating this magnificent landmark, The Statue of Liberty!

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