The Statue of Liberty celebrated a big birthday last week, turning 125. Although officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, many New Yorkers say the statue doesn’t look a day over 95. They also commented on how she never seems to gain any weight, even with the birth of two sons, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
To help celebrate the event 125 immigrants from 46 countries took the oath of US citizenship. “Liberty is a work in progress,” Stated Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, during the celebration.
Like the country, Lady Liberty continues to be a work in progress. In fact, after her birthday, she will be closed for renovation. Also, did you know:
• Although a gift from France, Lady Liberty is actually Belgium.
• The height of the statue is 111 feet, 6 inches standing and 126 feet, 4 inches with heels.
• After 68 years of holding a torch in the air, Lady Liberty required surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
• During a major restoration in 1986, a new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold. However, the parks board found it cost prohibitive to purchase a commemorative diamond necklace.
• Although having a golden hue during her dedication, Lady Liberty’s copper patina quickly turned to the sea foam color, creating a running joke in Manhattan she turned green with envy when told she would be unable to relocate to the Upper East Side.
• An estimated 3.5 million people visit Liberty Island every year with only 204 daily able to climb to the statue’s crown, which are still better odds than winning a progressive jackpot in Atlantic City.
• Like any good mother, Lady Liberty is still looking for the huddle masses. After all, she’s tall enough to see over any fence.