For immigrants, visitors, and returning Americans traveling by ship, a welcome site greets them as they approach the shores of the United States- Lady Liberty telling them that they have arrived at their destination after a long ocean voyage from Europe. Given as a gift to the United States from the people of France in 1886, the 151 ft. tall Statue of Liberty (305 ft. tall with the pedestal and foundation) stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor and is today accessible by ferry.
A Symbol of Freedom
President Grover Cleveland unveiled the statue on October 28, 1886. On the tablet held by the statue reads the date the Declaration of Independence was adopted, July 4, 1776. The statue carries an abundance of symbolism and meaning: enlightenment, knowledge, moving forward, freedom from oppression and tyranny, the Seven Seas and seven continents. Often referred to as “Lady Liberty,” this statue has been known as a symbol of democracy and freedom for arriving immigrants.
This beautiful and unique ornament is a perfect keepsake of your visit to New York City and “Lady Liberty”, or a special gift for a new citizen or history buff.