A few years before my retirement from full-time employment at The Tomahawk Newspaper, I along with Jasper Morefield, his wife Pauline and Gloria Cress decided go to New York City. Arrangements were made, tickets were bought and it soon became time to fly the friendly skies of some airline I dont remember which one.
It was a whirlwind trip. We left Tri-Cities Airport about 7:00 a.m. one fine day, changed planes in Pittsburg, and arrived at LaGuardia airport in a few hours. A taxi was our means of transport to a tour bus station in the heart of New York. We proceeded to take two bus tours of that city before we took a cab back to the airport and departed for Tri-Cities Airport. We arrived back at Tri-Cities at about 12:00 midnight.
It was the only time I have been in New York City. It was a great experience. I took a lot of pictures. We visited Chinatown, Central Park and other landmarks. One of the most impressive sights for me was the Statue of Liberty as I viewed it from Battery Park. We were never at the site of the statue but I was impressed by how large it appeared even from afar.
A poem, The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, is engraved on a bronze plaque inside the statues pedestal.
The end of the poem is thus:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
The Statue of liberty stands on Liberty Island (formerly Bedloes Island) in New York Harbor. The copper statue has been there since President Grover Cleveland oversaw the dedication of the colossal icon on October 28, 1886. The people of France gave it to the people of the United States as a memorial to American independence and a symbol of a friendship that began when France aided the colonies during the Revolutionary War. It was originally named Liberty Enlightening the World. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been entrusted with its care since 1933. The female figure stands for freedom, or independence. The tablet in the left hand reads July 4, 1776 and represents the Declaration of Independence. The right hand holds the Torch of Freedom. The broken chain near the feet symbolizes the victory of Liberty over Tyranny. The Americans were to build the pedestal and the French would build the statue.
Sculptor Frederic August Bartholdi designed the statue. The iron framework that supports the statue was designed by engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who later built the Eiffel tower in Paris. The size of the statue is very impressive. It stands 151 feet tall, from its sandals to the tip of its torch and weighs 225 tons. With the pedestal and base, the statue rises to a height of 305 feet.