As a matter of fact, if it wasn’t so hot I’d be in a robe and tiara myself, not shorts and a tee to commemorate Lib on her day of days.
From the time I could say her name after glimpsing her from the railing of the Staten Island Ferry in New York Harbor, she’s been a source of illumination for me living up to her infinite job description…
A gift from the French as a symbol of friendship, she was unveiled on October 28, 1886 as our eternal diplomat welcoming those coming to seek freedom and a better life.
To this day when I need a shot of courage I go see her. She’s always home, waving hello, like my mother said when I was three expressing concern we might miss her. I probably know more about The Statue of Liberty than the average American since I’ve always considered her a friend.
“Liberty Enlightening the World”.
When you think she had a tablet way before Apple made one, it’s mighty impressive along with its writing stating America’s independence in roman numerals.
JULY IV MDCCLXXVI
The shape of it, called a keystone in architecture, is the stone keeping the others together. Without it, everything would fall apart.
Our true First Lady actually wears sandals delighting me to no end. She’s also not standing still. Even though Lib stands on a pedestal, she is actually walking ahead moving forward…lighting the path to freedom through peace, not violence (in sensible shoes) suggesting stature as a free person.
Liberty wears a free-flowing robe or stola, which powerfully refers to the Roman influence of the goddess Libertas, who was worshiped by freed slaves.
It’s made of 13 layers of granite remembering the 13 colonies forming America in 1776.
I love the fact the money for it was raised by the people, not our government, who refused to ask Congress for the funds to pay for it. Joseph Pulitzer, the Editor of The New York World remembering what it was like seeing her for the first time when he came through New York harbor, promised…anyone who contributed even a penny would have their name printed in his newspaper.
We the people stepped up, to quote Leonard Cohen, for our Lady of the Harbor.
I don’t know about you, but Lady Liberty is someone I’ll always look up to for an army of reasons. For one, she reminds me how lucky I am to live in the land of the free.
When I see her, my eyes well up with pride to be able to say…
I’m an American, and America the Beautiful is where I live.