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article imageOur Lady Celebrates Her 125th Birthday

By R. Francis Rubio     Oct 28, 2011 in World
New York - Lady Liberty, that iconic symbol of freedom known worldwide gracefully celebrates her 125th birthday Friday October 28, 2011 marked by a ceremony to rival her inauguration back in 1886.
Created by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and presented as a gift to the United States by the people of France, the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom recognized the world over and remains to this day dear to the hearts of the free and those yearning to be free.
Dedicated on October 28, 1886 with President Grover Cleveland in attendance, the iconic statue was celebrated that day with enthusiastic fanfare including fireworks and the first ever "ticker tape" parade in the city of New York.
Throughout the years Lady Liberty stands tall as a symbol of American ideals and lit the way for tens of millions of immigrants searching for a better life. Her majestic presence welcomed and still welcomes the world to the promise of freedom along with the opportunity for the pursuit of dreams.
"Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Words written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, engraved in bronze in 1903 and one of the most remembered lines in her sonnet " The New Colossus" mounted inside the statue itself.
According to the National Park Service at the foot of the Statue of Liberty during the 125th anniversery celebration 125 immigrants form 40 countries around the world will take the oath to become United States Citizens.
In addition " The New Colossus" will be read by actress Sigourney Weaver along with musical performances, a gun salute, a Fireboat water spout display by FDNY, a U.S. Coast Guard sponsored Flotilla, and topped off with a massive fireworks display.
Also to welcome Lady Liberty to the high tech world of the 21st century five webcams have been installed in her torch to be switched on during the dedication giving the viewers a unique real time perspective of New York Harbor and the opportunity to read the tablet in her hands.
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