Lady Liberty Ornament
For immigrants, visitors and returning Americans traveling by ship, a welcome site greeted them as they approached the shores of the United States 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.
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, in Roman numerals (July IV, MSCCLXXVI). Each part of the statue has special 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 and throughout the world there are hundreds of other Statues of Liberty.