Happy 4th of July Let’s Celebrate America

Statue of Liberty
Tribute to the Statue of Liberty on this 4th of July 2016 by Rafael Salazar. Artist from Colombia Copyright 2016 – All Rights Reserved. The Statue was built in Paris and presented by the Franco American Union to the United States Ambassador, Levi Morton, on July 4, 1884. The Statue was then taken apart, and sent to the United States aboard the French Navy ship, Isre. The Statue arrived in New York Harbor on June 17, 1885, well before the pedestal was completed. The next year, once the pedestal was finished, immigrant workers re-assembled the Statue, and on October 28, 1886, the Statue made its debut. About 1 million New Yorkers gathered for the ceremony, as Bartholdi released a French flag that covered the Statue of Liberty’s face. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, as a gift from France and a sign of mutual friendship. The 151-foot-tall Statue cost $250,000, paid for by the French. The pedestal, at 154 feet, cost $270,000 paid for by American sources. One thing missing from the Statute and pedestal was the famous plaque with a poem from Emma Lazarus. She wrote the sonnet as part of the fund raising effort , and it was added in 1903. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! cries she With silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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