Statue of Liberty celebrates 125th anniversary
Fri, 28 Oct 2011 11:56:53 GMT —
Lady liberty will be receiving a high-tech facelift for her 125th anniversary. The leading lady will receive five internet-connected cameras on top of her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor, and visitors on the grounds below. The camera offers views that haven TMt been seen by the public in over a century.
For people who don TMt come to the Statue of Liberty, it will be a whole new opportunity for them to see the statue, what TMs around it and how it fits into the whole cityscape, said Stephen Briganti president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
The webcams will go live Friday at a ceremony on Liberty Island marking the anniversary of the dedication of the monument on October 28, 1886. The statue was a gift from France to the American people.
The ceremony caps a week of events centered around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the Mother of Exiles.
The day will be marked by a naturalization ceremony, water flotilla and a spectacular 12-minute Macy TMs Fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music.
To mark the statue TMs role as a symbol of hope for immigrants seeking a better life in America, 125 immigrants will be naturalized as a U.S. citizens as part of the celebration.
After the celebration, access to the statue TMs interior, including its crown, will be closed for about a year while the statue is renovated. Liberty Island will remain open to visitors.