We Celebrants like to believe there is something to celebrate every single day. On Friday, October 28, we celebrated the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty. It was on this date that Lady Liberty was dedicated. As every civics student knows, the iconic statue was a gift from the people of France. The neoclassical sculpture features a female figure, representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. She carries a torch and tabula ansata, a table evoking the law. And on this table is inscribed July 4, 1776, the date of the American Declaration of Independence. At her feet you will notice a broken chain.
The culture was designed by Frederic Bartholdi. On the 125th birthday, a special ceremony heightened the significance of the day; for, on Friday, 125 individuals—from 40 different countries—took the oath of U.S. citizenship, joining our vast American family in a full way. What could be a better party than that?