Statue of Liberty celebrates 125th anniversary, 125 new Americans sworn in during celebration

By on Oct 29, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

The Statue of Liberty in New York celebrated its 125 year on Friday, October 28, 2011, along with its new accessories, as 125 new Americans sworn in that day during celebration.

Howitzers from Fort Hamilton on display for the
125th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty

Image Credit: Statue of Liberty National Monument Facebook

According to US news sites, the National Park Service (NPS) hosted a series of events at Liberty Island for the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, in which five live web cams were unveiled.

These live web cams, which are located on her torch, allows visitors to watch a live video of traffic, boats, airplanes and views at NY Harbor, as well as the Statue of Liberty itself.

As part of the 125th anniversary celebration, a naturalization ceremony was also held in the morning in which 125 new Americans from 46 countries sworn in. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also present.

In addition, there will also be a gun salute, a U.S. Coast Guard sponsored Flotilla, and a FDNY Fireboat water spout display. A 12-minute fireworks display will also take place 7:45 p.m. (NY time).

As reported earlier, the Statue of Liberty will be closed starting Saturday, October 29, in which renovations such as installation of a stairways and elevators, as well as updates to the restrooms.

The said renovation was said to be worth $27 million and will last for about a year, while Liberty Island will still be open to visitors. The Statue of Liberty was closed for years due to safety reasons but was reopened last July 4, 2009.

The Statue of Liberty, designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, was a friendship gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

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