Happy Anniversary, Lady Liberty

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Statue of Liberty (Photo: National Park Service)

The Statue of Liberty (Photo: National Park Service)

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.

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