Reopening the Statue of Liberty


August 3, 2004 - The Statue of Liberty, hailed again as "a beacon of hope," welcomed tourists inside on for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with hundreds of visitors returning despite warnings of terrorist threats.

Liberty Enlightening the World, known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty, is a colossal statue given to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans. The copper-clad statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the United States and is a gesture of friendship between the two nations. The sculptor was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure. Eug¸ne Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for the choice of copper in the statue's construction and adoption of the Repoussˇ technique.

The statue shows a woman standing upright, dressed in a robe and a seven point spiked crown representing the seven seas and continents, holding a stone tablet close to her body in her left hand and a flaming torch high in her right hand. The statue is made of a sheeting of pure copper, hung on a framework of steel (originally puddled iron) with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf. It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal, itself on an irregular eleven-pointed star foundation. The statue is 151' 1" (46.5 m) tall, with the foundation adding another 154 feet (46.9 m). The tablet contains the text "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (July 4, 1776) commemorating the date of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Worldwide, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States, and, in a more general sense, represents liberty and escape from oppression. The Statue of Liberty was, from 1886 until the jet age, often one of the first glimpses of the United States for millions of immigrants after ocean voyages from Europe. In terms of visual impact, the Statue of Liberty appears to draw inspiration from il Sancarlone or the Colossus of Rhodes. The statue is a central part of Statue of Liberty National Monument and is administered by the National Park Service.

"The Statue of Liberty welcomed the world's huddled masses for the first time since the national monument was shuttered following the 2001 terror attacks, though the statue's crown will remain out of reach for now."

The Statue of Liberty signals to the souls, the huddle masses as we live in a fear based program, that freedom and liberty are just around the corner.

The reopening occurs on the anniversary of my mother, Florence's, birth, August 3, 1910. She crossed over in 1979. Interesting that she lived to age 69, as does Rose in my book Sarah and Alexander. I will be 69 in the year 2012. Curious... Florence, Flower, Rose, Flo, Flow of water.

My family and I never lived far from the Statue of Liberty. I visited there as a child, and have passed by boat on many occasions.

The Statue of Liberty is just around the corner from my current home and I feel freedom 'at hand'.

The initials for the Statue of Liberty are SOL. SHE carries the Sacred Flame; her crown depicts 12 Around 1 SOL, Sun, Leo, Lion, August, Terrorrrr ... The Lion will Roarrrr...

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