Written by Denise Ryan
Today (Friday, Oct. 28) is the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. I think it is universal that everyone loves our Lady Liberty like we love baseball, apple pie and freedom. She is an inspiration to many and was a welcome site for many emigrating from distant lands arriving in New York harbor after a long voyage. In October 1924 President Calvin Coolidge created a new National Monument for her through the Antiquities Act. If you've been paying attention, we are hoping President Barack Obama will use the Antiquities Act soon to establish a National Monument at Fort Monroe in Virginia - another very important location in the quest for freedom in America.
While we wait for that fine day, we can now get a look at the world from the new web cams located on Liberty's flame known as the Torch Cam or you can watch a little bit of a tribute to Liberty in the movie Ghostbusters II when Bill Murray pokes a little fun at her monument status 30 seconds into the clip. Enjoy!
Denise Ryan is the program manager for public lands policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.