Statue of Liberty

On our way to Ellis Island this morning we circled around Liberty Island on the passenger ferry which provided us with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty.

The 151-foot statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

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