The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most recognizable monument in the United States. It is located on Liberty Island at the New York Harbor not far from Lower Manhattan part of New York City. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France to celebrate American’s independence. It was dedicated on July 4th, 1886. The statue has become a symbol of freedom and of the United States.
I’ve visited the Statue of Liberty several times over the years. My last visit was a couple of weeks ago during the Thanksgiving weekend. My brother now lives in New York City area, so I was in NYC for Thanksgiving and decided to spend the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island again. Since I went alone and I didn’t have anything planned for most of the day, I was able to take my time and listen to the audio tour that provided the historical background behind the building of the Statue of Liberty. It’s quite interesting to hear what visitors from around the world think the Statue represents — freedom, new beginning, opportunity, the United States, and more recently after the 9/11 attacks, it became the symbol of resiliency for the city of New York and the American people in general.
The photo below was taken from the grounds of the Liberty Island as I walked around the statue and listened to the audio tour. From every angle, it seems that you can always get a majestic view of the Lady Liberty standing there holding the torch and the stone tablet.