Lady Liberty Tells Her Story
Lady Liberty tells her story!
Hi! My name is Lady Liberty and I come from a place called New York City. Which is in the northeastern part of the United States. But I was actually built in a place called Paris, France. Which is in a different country. It is across the Atlantic Ocean in a place called Europe.<br> Now most people know me as Lady Liberty or the Statue of Liberty but my full name is actually The Liberty Enlightening The World. Now when I am standing at home in New York City, I stand on an island called Liberty Island which is named after me. And it is in New York harbor. When I?m standing there I can see lots of things from my island. I can see skyscrapers, and people, and water, and boats. I can also see another island called Ellis Island. Now I?ll tell you a little bit more about that place later.<br> Hopefully, some of you have been to see me at my home in New York City. Let me tell you, I love to have visitors better than anything else in the world. But for those of you who haven?t been to visit me in New York City, I have to warn you I look a little bit different when I?m in New York City than I do right now. And to give you an example of how different I look. From the very bottom of my feet to the top of my head, I am one hundred and eleven feet and one inch tall. And from the bottom of my pedestal which is the thing that I stand on to the very tip top of my torch, I am three hundred and five feet and one inch tall. My nose is four feet long. And my shoe is the same as a size eight hundred seventy-nine in US women sizes.<br> Now as you can see, I have a crown on top of my head. And on that crown I have seven spikes or rays and twenty-five windows, and that?s what these black things are, those are windows. Now the seven spikes or rays stand for the sevens seas or the seven continents of the world. The continents are North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica down there at the bottom. The twenty-five windows stand for the twenty-five gemstones that are found on the earth. Gemstones are things like diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Things like that.<br> Now because I am so tall and so big I also weigh quite a bit. In fact I weigh four hundred and fifty thousand pounds. Now part of what contributed to all that weight is the material that I?m made of which is copper. Just like a penny. Now, I?m sure that some of you guys have seen a penny that?s really old or one that?s been outside for a long time and it gets that green stuff on it. Well that green stuff is called patina. And that?s what happens to copper when it?s been outside for a long, long time. It gets the green patina all over it to protect it from the air and from the weather. And that?s what I have all over me. It?s that patina. Something that a lot of people don?t think about is when I was very first built I didn?t have this patina on me because it developed over time. So the people who saw me when I was very first built, to them I still looked Iike I was the color of a penny.<br> Now when I?m standing there on my pedestal I do my very best to stand as still as I possibly can. But sometimes, if the wind gets to be really strong I can?t help but sway back and forth about three inches. My arm that holds my torch, sways back and forth about five inches. But that?s only when the wind gets to be fifty miles an hour or more.<br> What I have in my left hand is sometimes confused by people. Sometimes they think it?s a book or sometimes they don?t know what it is at all. But what I actually hold in my left hand is a tablet that looks like this. And on that tablet it says, July fourth, seventeen seventy-six. And that day is a very special day in American history. That is the day that America declared its independence from Britain. So you know in the summer we celebrate Independence Day and we have fireworks and cookouts and things like that. Well that?s the reason. Because July fourth seventeen seventy-six is America?s birthday.<br> Now next I?m going to tell you about something that a lot of people don?t know about. And that?s because in order to see it you have to be either in my torch or flying over my head. And that is the broken chains and broken shackles that lie in my feet when I?m at home in New York City. They symbolize freedom from bondage and freedom from captivity.<br>