Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… ~ Emma Lazarus
“S” is for statue; for this post it’s the Statue of Liberty.
Lady Liberty was a gift from the people of France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. She was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and made of copper. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)
I took the photo above on a trip to the “Big Apple” with my daughter. As I stood there looking up at Miss Liberty, I could only imagine what the immigrants felt when they entered New York Harbor and saw her. They were coming to America to begin a new and better life. She represented the hopes and dreams of some twelve million people who passed through Ellis Island and continues that esteemed purpose to this day.
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