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Friday
Oct282011

Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty!

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Friday marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. The special occasion will be  celebrated with special tours, programs and music, and a naturalization ceremony.

She looks pretty good for 125, but the Statue of Liberty National Monument will close Friday for a year so the structure can be renovated. Liberty Island will remain open for visitors, according to the National Park Service, which manages the facility.

The structure’s interior will be closed to allow for upgrades to the 125-year-old pedestal and the 200-year-old fort base from which the statue rises.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has said the $27.25 million project would include the provision of long-planned safety improvements and other critical facility improvements.

When the work is complete, the statue’s interior will have new stairways and elevators, as well as improvements to the water and mechanical systems.

Lady Liberty was a gift from France to the United States, and it is recognized around the world as a symbol of freedom. The structure was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and designated as a National Monument in 1924.

It was restored for its centennial.

An estimated 3.5 million people visit Liberty Island every year.  On average, 204 people climb to the statue’s crown every day.

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