Thursday, June 17, 2010
Statue of Liberty's Birthday Today
Statue of Liberty
Originally uploaded by Turkinator
Today, June 17, is the 125th birthday of our beloved Statue of Liberty, actually this is the day it arrived in New York Harbor, packed for shipment in 214 crates. It was completed in France in 1885 by the sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, in honor of France and the United States being "the two sisters" united by a love of freedom for our citizens.
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated with an official ceremony on October 28, 1886.
France played a significant role in helping the United States in our War of Independence, with men like the Marquis de Lafayette, a close friend of George Washington's, serving as officers in our army.
In the 1880s there was a movement in France to create a republic and building this statue was a way of symbolizing the love of democracy in "the two sisters".
I hope we honor her by keeping the freedoms that we retain and upholding the Bill of Rights. Let's push back each attempt to curtail our rights.