Nothing more appropriate than having the Statue of Liberty open in time for 4th of July celebrations…
Via the New York Post:
The huddled masses are coming back.
Lady Liberty is open for business again — the guest of honor for a July 4 celebration months after Hurricane Sandy flooded the island and walloped nearly everything but the statue itself.
The 14-foot surge from the hurricane, which ravaged the metropolitan area, covered about 75 percent of Liberty Island, tore apart its docks and pathways, and shut down water and sewer systems.
The hurricane hit on Oct. 29, one day after the 126th anniversary of the statue’s dedication.
The iconic tourist attraction had been closed for about a year for renovations — and had reopened only the day before.
“We’re delighted to reopen the Statue of Liberty to the public, especially after something so major,” said John Warren, spokesman for the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Great news! And as an added bonus, here is a copy of “The New Colossus”, the poem engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Now, a video to help celebrate the day, but also ponder its meaning.
So readers – What does freedom mean to you? Have a great 4th of July!