Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on October 28, 2011
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.
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.’
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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.”