of Liberty Facts
It was in the year 1886 when the country of France presented a
colossal statue to the United States as a gift or token of camaraderie.
Many of us are familiar with this being one of the most monumental
and historical symbols that this world has ever seen. Also called
Liberty Enlightening the World, we now popularly know her as the
Statue of Liberty.
Moreover, the statue also holds a tablet made out of stone close
to her chest and a torch that on her right hand lifted up high.
Right now, the Statue of Liberty is one of most famous and recognizable
icons that can ever be associated to the United States of America.
Strategically positioned at the mouth of the Hudson River found
near the harbor of New York, it now appears as if it stands to welcome
all visitors coming inside the United States.
Here are some additional Statue of Liberty facts
for your enlightenment.
Statue of Liberty Facts 1: The Statue of Liberty, towering
at 151-feet, 1-inch, is situated on Liberty Island in the state
of New York.
Statue of Liberty Facts 2: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated
on the October 18, 1886, and ten years after when the United States
commemorated its centennial anniversary.
Statue of Liberty Facts 3: The statue's material is basically
made out of copper and was delicately sculpted by the great sculptor
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a Frenchman.
Statue of Liberty Facts 4: Lady Liberty's color is now green
because of a chemical reaction process called oxidation that happened
between the metal's reactions to the seawater that surrounds it.
Statue of Liberty Facts 5: One obvious element that can
be seen from the statue is the tiara that has seven spikes, which
represents the seven continents and seas on our planet.
According to many historians, the statue has always played a significant
role of welcoming millions of immigrants for decades (and even
up to now) that are on a voyage to enter America and possibly
seek some shelter and greater opportunities in the land. But,
if we analyze the essence of statue much deeper, we will later
find out that it can be represent many things or meanings, and
one of that is the value of freedom or the idea of finally being
free from the clutches of oppression.
The statue has already shown some great
signs of decay and erosion due to acid rain over the years
so the American government had launched some steps in the
past in order to preserve this historical figure. In the
1983, a campaign was launched advocating the restoration
of the Statue.
The campaign stated that for every purchase made by a consumer using
his or her American Express Card, a penny of it would go to a fund
to be used to restore the statue back to its healthy state. This
campaign became successful for it generated $1.7 million, an amount
that was enough to begin much awaited restoration process.
On the day of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the
Statue of Liberty was closed as it was also a possible terrorist
target. The monument was once again reopened on August 3, 2004
and remains open today.