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Lady Liberty : the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The French President and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took part in a ceremony in anticipation of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty on Thursday, September 22. The statue, which is a gift from France to the USA, will turn 125 on October 28. Read an article from the New York Times entitled: ‘Joyeux Anniversaire (un peu tôt), Lady Liberty’

and the poem :

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!

by Emma Lazarus

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The Statue of Liberty

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Situated in New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty has become the proud symbol of the United States of America.The statue of the Goddess of Freedom carries the light of the spirit of enlightenment to the Free World.

Alexander Gustave Eiffel, whose tower later made him famous, built the statues ingenious iron frame construction supported by a central shaft.Around this framework a 2.4 millimeter thick copper coating was attached to the statue and it is mainly due to Eiffels frame that the monument has withstood the bays savage winter storms.

On the 28th October 1886, North Americas most important statue was inaugurated by President Grover Cleveland.The statue was the design of a young sculptor, Bartholdi, who had eagerly accepted the work due to the fact that the commission of his design of a large female statue for a lighthouse on the Suez Canal had not reached fruition.

At first, the statue received little love and affection.Indeed, New Yorkers used the statue’ s unveiling ceremony for a protest demonstration! Since then, however, it has most assuredly conquered the hearts of those who have seen it and it has become a symbol of freedom for the whole of America.

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The Statue of Liberty

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
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