Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Lady of Liberty

Today is the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's arrival in New York. She is celebrated in the June 17 Google DoodleAccording to the National Park Service, she arrived to "great fanfare" and was even greeted by President Grover Cleveland. Although, despite the "fanfare," the pedestal wasn't yet completed and the parts of the statue that were shipped over had to remain on Liberty Island until the stage was completed and she could be displayed. She was given to us by the French, designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Google describes the statue in their write-up on the doodle as "more than just a symbol of solidarity. It’s a reminder that all countries thrive on the exchange of ideas and culture. The National Park Service's dedication to maintaining and restoring the statue ensures that message will live on." In total, there were 350 pieces packed into 200 cases sent from France of the statue.

When I went to New York last September, I was not able to go see her. But it is something I really want to do and my next time going to New York, she will be the first thing I see.