Thursday, July 4, 2013

Statue of Liberty Reopens

Life magazine has posted historic pictures of the Statue of Liberty, its reopening after repairs made following damages from Hurricane Sandy coincide with today's 4th of July celebration.

This slideshow reminded me of my last visit to see Lady Liberty and some of the pictures I took then. 

 Isn't she lovely?

photo by Carol Frugé

photo by Carol Frugé

The little people at the base of the statue's plinth look up to the torchbearer who welcomes the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free, a familiar line from the poem "The New Colossus."

Independence Day makes me want to be a better student of American history, as well a citizen who prizes the heritage of this country. Parades and fireworks and picnics are a great way to celebrate, but it's worth remembering too what sets this day apart––because freedom isn't free.

Poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty

Check this out: Earthcam view of the Statue

Photo taken at the George W. Bush Library, where I visited last week

I like that this flag emphasizes the story, of which each of us is at least a footnote. 

Happy 4th of July