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Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty… Today Marks 125th Anniversary of Statue of Liberty Dedication (video)

Posted By on October 28, 2011

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of Lady Liberty

 

Happy Birthday, beautiful Lady Liberty.

She’s still lovely after all these years.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

~ From Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus,” later engraved on a brass tablet

The Statue of Liberty Turns 125

 

Statue of Liberty Celebrates Her 125th Birthday On 10-28-11 – Statue of Liberty Facts Audio

 

From Los Angeles Times, Statue of Liberty marks 125 years, hosts naturalization for 125:

The United States celebrated the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on Friday with the naturalization of 125 new citizens from 46 nations, a ceremony of unity that temporarily put aside the political and geographical changes associated with the contentious issue of immigration.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar kicked off the daylong celebration with a speech praising immigrants for bringing diversity to the nation, thus strengthening it. Other scheduled highlights included hooking up Internet webcams on the statue to let viewers gaze out from Liberty island onto New York Harbor, a salute from a small flotilla of boats and, later, a fireworks display.

In 2010, the New York area was the scene of 72,000 naturalizations out of the 670,000 held nationally, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said by telephone from Friday’s ceremony.

The Statute of Liberty was designed to be a lighthouse but it evolved into a symbol of freedom and of friendship between France and the United States. Ultimately it became the first sight of hope for waves of European immigrants coming to the United States to avoid famine and war.

The statue, also known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” traces its artistic roots back to classical lighthouses in the shape of heroic deities that adorned some ancient ports. The version in New York is a neoclassical interpretation of the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas.

The robed female figure holds a tablet on which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence from England — July 4, 1776 — a milestone in the first successful liberation of colonies and settlements from a mother country.

The statue itself was a gift from the French people to the United States, which raised money for the pedestal.

From Daily Mail, Eyes in the torch: High-tech cameras offering a unique view from the top of Lady Liberty:

A state of the art upgrade is going to provide a breath-taking view from the very top of the Statue of Liberty.

All you’ll need is an internet connection.

It’s all part of the high-tech gifts for Lady Liberty on her 125th birthday: Webcams on her torch that will allow viewers gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time.

The five torch cams are to be switched on Friday during a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886.

The ceremony caps a week of events centred around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the ‘Mother of Exiles.’

The statue’s webcams will offer views from the torch that have been unavailable to the public since 1916, said Stephen A. Briganti, the president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc.

‘The statue is the most famous symbol in the world,’ he said. ‘Most of the people in the world have seen it, but they have not seen it like this.

‘It will be a visit that so many people, including New Yorkers, have never taken before.’

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island – 2-Minute Tour

 

From My Fox New York, Lady Liberty Sheds Light on Community Response to Sept. 11 Attacks:

NEW YORK — One of the largest and most prominently-displayed artifacts inside the 9/11 Museum’s preview site is actually a collection of nearly 800 smaller artifacts, assembled by a mostly anonymous group of people from around the world.

A 9-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty is draped in colorful flags, photographs, notes, and tributes — individual momentos that visitors attached to the statue outside a midtown Manhattan firehouse.

The firehouse, Engine Company 54/Ladder Company 4/Battalion 9, lost 15 men in the attacks. Tourists and neighbors left candles and flowers on the sidewalk in front of their building. They posted large signs to the wall.

Then, within 48 hours after the attacks, Lady Liberty appeared.

“It’s a bit of a mystery,” said 9/11 Museum Chief Curator Jan Ramirez, “about how this fiberglass figure of the Statue of Liberty, which may have been outside one of the tour bus companies on 8th Avenue for sightseers, actually walked across the street to the firehouse.”

“Very quickly, initially in her pristine state, she began to take on small tributes that passers-by and tourists, and then members of the fire department and New Yorkers began to leave on her,” Ramirez said.

The tributes include emotionally-stirring notes, including a letter from a then-2-year-old boy and his newborn twin sisters that reads, “Daddy, we miss you!”

Many people left victims’ photographs. Others left police and fire patches from around the world. Airline workers left their wing pins. One person left a ring.

Several layers of flags, most of them American, fill the voids.

“It is the Statue of Liberty”, said Ramirez. “It’s a universal symbol of the United States. And we feel that it also gets at so many different themes that people will be able to explore when they come to the museum.”

That’s why museum officials are featuring Lady Liberty so prominently at the preview site.

Donated by the Intrepid Museum shortly after the 9/11 Museum project was announced, planners say they’ll use it to help people learn about both the individual and community memorials that popped up after the attacks.

They say it will likely end up at the entrance to the education center within the museum, which is scheduled to open next September 11th.

Clifford Chanin, the 9/11 Museum’s Director of Education, says the statue is one of the iconic objects on which the museum’s educational program will focus.

The way he describes it, the Statue of Liberty replica is adorned in a “gown of memory.”

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12 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty… Today Marks 125th Anniversary of Statue of Liberty Dedication (video)”

  1. AFVET says:

    Nicely done Vicki. 🙂

  2. Valia says:

    Happy Birthday to you Lady Liberty! I’m sorry you’re not worth more in scrap metal lol http://valiablogs.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/fun-facts-statue-of-libertys-surprising-value-in-scrap-metal/

  3. Bruce Benjamin says:

    from a country far away, and NOT expecting these comments to pass the ‘censor’, I perceive a vary-large amount of ‘hyperbole’ in this presentation.

    America does NOT appear able to learn from the experience’s of the rest of the ‘English Speaking World’,

    The ignoring of the large number of none-English speaking ETHNIC MINISTATES, or ghetto’s in ALL America’s urban-areas, is very dangerous to the political stability of the entire country.

    Nobody bothers to inquire as to whether these 600,000 IMMIGRANTS, sworn in as AMERICAN CITIZENS, with the same ‘voting-power’ per head, as the citizens whose lives run-back even fifty years, HAVE COME to be American citizens, sharing the same values and standards that for 300 year’s, whose roots have made America the most powerful and free-est country the world has ever known. The white-anglo-saxon-protestant cultural values, that the other countries such as Australia, New-Zealand, Canada thrived on.

    OR have the come to swell the ever-growing dis-functional ethnic ghetto’s such as south Florida, where babies grow from cradle to grave, and never have to speak any other than Spanish,

    But of course, they have the social-security payments, paid by the presently-white-majority tax-payer, to provide food etc, for their many-children families

    As a landed-immigrant, with a bone-fide GREEN-CARD’ I had to be able to speak English, and have $2,000 in my bank account, before I could ‘immigrate’ to California.

    WHAT HAPPENED, I see and observe the 3rd world.medevial-European conditions existing in ALL America’s cities.

    How did this come to pass.

    • AFVET says:

      Bruce, the concept of America was an experiment.
      The experiment is still ongoing.
      The very nature of this experiment is to make mistakes and then recover from them.
      We are presently existing within the last mistake we made, namely, the Obama administration.
      Enough of us were convinced that this man would take this country back to where it should be, in his mind.
      What matters the most is what his regime has done to this magnificent Country in just three years.
      I can go on and on.
      I hope you respond back to my comment, after reading this…

      http://www.judicialwatch.org/files/documents/2011/czar-report-09152011.pdf

      These are the people that are ‘looking out for the country’.

  4. Bruce Benjamin says:

    suprise,surprise

  5. Motorcyclist says:

    Illegal immigratioin and infestation of our formerly beautiful metropolitan areas is easy to explain.

    Communist outfits like ACORN have been concentrating on acquiring political power for years, funded by those of us who actually WORK non-goverment jobs, strictly for the purpose of acquiring a democrat voting base of people who want handouts and have NO INTENTION of assimliation into the values and principles that have made the USA a single shimmering exception to the millenia of human enslavement, suffering and subjugation, perpetrated by liars, frauds, cheats and the power hungry vermin, such as those who are in control of the US political structure now.

    Will the US survive? Sure. Will it return to the free country that it once was? I don’t know at this point. The choice for the next election seems like a no-brainer, but the cheating and voting fraud has already begun.

    (please excuse the spelling errors….the font size is too small for me to see clearly on my comment entry box)

  6. WHAT HAPPENED to the 10/28 fireworks???