28th October sees the 125th anniversary of the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty. Originally given as a token of friendship by the French nation, the statue, representing Democracy, was intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American Independence. Delays meant that she actually arrived 10 years late.
Celebrations of the event will take place with a ceremony for 125 new immigrants to become citizens of the United States at the very foot of the statue. Lady Liberty now stands as a beacon of freedom to the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island on their way to a new life in America and the symbolic inclusion of their modern day cousins reflects the continuing importance of the iconic statue on American life. Anthems and a reading of 'The New Colossus', including the famous lines ' bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' by Emma Lazarus will be followed by a salute from passing boats and a fireworks display.
The Statue of Liberty will then close for a multi million dollar renovation programme which will see the installation of web cameras in the tip of the torch to give a birdseye view of the harbour and city.