The Statue of Liberty has come to embody the true essence of America. She has welcomed countless immigrants and visitors to our shores since being dedicated in 1886. The “New Colossus”, famous sonnet written by Emma Lazarus, also symbolizes the universal message of hope to all people seeking freedom around the world…”Give us your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
I will say that for certain, one of the most moving and memorable experiences in my life was cruising into New York harbor, in our own boat, having cruised all the way there from our home in Naples Florida, and seeing this lovely lady in the distance. It was July 4th, 2007…we could never had planned it any better…we watched fireworks that night from the bow of our boat with Lady Liberty in the shadows of the lights in the sky…I get goose bumps just thinking about it now. (photo inset can be enlarged by clicking on it~that’s Chip, whom I am proud to say, has since become an American citizen!)
Here are some fun facts:
There are 7 rays on Lady liberty’s crown, some say for each of the 7 continents, others say one for each of the 7 seas!The exterior copper covering of the statue measures 3/32nd of an inch…less than the thickness of two pennies!The inscription of the statue’s tablet reads: July 4th, 1776 in Roman numerals.The model for the face is reputed to be the sculptor’s mother Charlotte Bartholdi.The statue’s real name is, “Liberty Enlightening the World”.Closed since September 11th, 2001, the crown is re-opening TODAY!
The Harris-Peppe Team wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July celebration with your friends and family. Please keep a moment sacred today remembering the many sacrifices that have been made and are still being made on our behalf around the world for our freedom and the freedom of all people. Amen.