Lady Liberty Turns 125

The Statue of Liberty is 125 years old.

The statue was a gift from the French and a symbol of hope and promise for immigrants coming toAmerica.

President Grover Cleveland dedicated her in 1886. “We will care for her, we will celebrate her, and we the people of the United States will continue to perfect her in word and deed.”

At 305 feet, one inch in the air, the statue’s tower of copper and gold leaf is a testament to liberty, and opportunity. Nearly 12 million immigrants passed her to get to Ellis Island. And 125 more became U.S.citizens on Friday in her presence.

The statue is due for a $27 million makeover next year, including safety improvements and an elevator so anyone can reach the observation deck.