Wednesday, June 30, 2010

♥Happy Fourth of July, Early, and Wednesday Words♥

When My girls were young and in a Christian School, they were in the Choir, they sang this song
and I loved it then, I love it now, and I hope you will love it too, also below the song is some
information about the Statue of Liberty, I hope you enjoy this blog today, it is my way of giving
tribute to my blessed America, and to let all know God is able to bring her back to him, if we
will just be faithful to God our self.

♥The Statue Of Liberty♥

In New York Harbor stands a lady

With a torch raised to the sky
And all who see her knows she stand for
Liberty for you and me

I’m so glad to be called an American
To be named with the brave and the free
I will honor our flag and our trust in God
And the Statue of Liberty

On lonely Golgotha stood a cross
With my Lord raised to the sky
And all who kneel there live forever
As all the saints can testify

I’m so glad to be called a Christian
To be named with the ransomed and whole
As the Statue liberates the citizen
So the cross liberates the soul

Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty
It was there that my soul was set free
Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty

Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty

*The facts about the Statue of Liberty*

We [the US and France] have architect and sculptor Frederick Auguste Batholdi to thank for this beautiful lady in more ways then one. The original ‘life size’ cast of the Statue of Liberty stands amongst the beautiful flower gardens and fountains of Paris Luxembourg Gardens [which is home to the French Senate] in Paris. On her pedestal she’s approximately 15 feet high and absolutely ‘magnifique’ among the flowers and trees. This was architect/sculptor Batholdi’s miniature mold for the American Statue of Liberty.
Another, yet larger Statue of Liberty is approximately 35 feet in height on her base, and stands upon a tiny island called Swan Ally, Paris [Allée des Cygnes] in the Seine near the Grenelle Bridge. This exact Statue of Liberty replica monument was offered to the French by the American residents of Paris as a remembrance to commemorate the Centennial of the French Revolution. It was inaugurated on November 15, 1889 and was placed so that it faced the Eiffel Tower [so not to have it’s back to the Élysée Palace].

Gardens, Paris However, it’s creator Bartholdi was most upset that it did not face the New York location of the Statue of Liberty. But with persistence, as was his nature, Batholdi finally achieved getting the statue turned to face America at the time of the World's Fair in Paris in 1889. What does the tablet say on the statue of liberty, that the Swan Alley Statue of Liberty holds? It is inscribed with the dates IV Juillet 1776 et XIV Julliet 1789 [the dates of the US and French revolutions].

Now then, there is America’s Statue of Liberty, on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, and the most majestic Lady Liberty [as she is affectionately called] of them all. She's over 151 feet tall [on her base she’s more than 305 feet tall] and she’s truly magnificent! The statue was a gift to America from the French in honor of the Centennial of American independence. It is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The statues title is ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ [but it is known to Americans as ‘The Statue of Liberty’].

The Statue of Liberty annual budget amounted to $13,261,000 for fiscal 2004.

Construction of the statue began in 1875 in France, and was completed in June 1884. A design patent, for the statue was issued, by the United States Patent Office, on February 18, 1879. The statue was dismantled and shipped to New York, arriving on June 19, 1885. The statue then took four months to rebuild. On Lady Liberty’s tablet is inscribed “July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals, Day of America's Independence from Britain: July 4, 1776”, and inscribed upon the base for the statue is an excerpt from Emma Lazarus poem "The New Colossus" which reads as follows [excerpt]:

The following partial excerpt from the poem that was written to help raise funds for the Statue of Liberty pedestal:

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-lost to me

Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus," 1883

Now that our memories are refreshed about the Statue of Liberty
[and her sister statues], we can only hope that everyone, on both sides of the Atlantic,
remembers what she stands for - Friendship, Freedom and Peace between our two countries,
and symbols for the rest of the world! We've given each other these symbols for these
specific reasons!

God bless you all, stay safe, and have a very blessed 4th of July, and may God bless America.


Anonymous said...

Wishing you and yours a *lovely* 4th of July celebration as well. (o:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that you return.

I like your Fourth of July post very much. It is very appropriate for the upcoming holiday. I hope that you have a wonderful Fourth of July and enjoy all the festivities. I peeked at your previous post. Your blueberry dump cake looks delicious.

I am adding myself as a follower of your blog so that I can find you again.

Kathy in KY said...

Hi Barbara - I've always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty - and especially go to Ellis Island, although my relatives from Germany entered the US in the 1840's thru the port in New Orleans. I have loved that time period when so many immigrants found their way to our shores to start a new life. I love the excerpt from the poem by Emma Lazarus - thank you for your post today - so befitting of the holiday weekend. Take care, from KY - and BTW - I'm making your dump-cake today, just as soon as I get back from the grocery to pick up the ingredients. Hugs from your southern-sister.

Barbara said...

Welcome to my new found friends, thank you for stopping by to chat, I have left some iced tea and chocolate Brownies on the table for you, just help yourself. Kathy I am happy you are making the Dump cake, I am also making one for the cookout, I can almost taste it, I had such a sweet tooth last night I made brownies with lots of walnut pieces in them oh they be good, shame on me, wishing you all a very happy 4th of July, praise God our Country was founded on God. Let it continue to look to him for all the answers. Hugs my friends

Flat Creek Farm said...

What a nice, patriotic post! A Happy and Blessed 4th to you and yours :) -Tammy

Anonymous said...

WOW, Barbara! Thank you so very much for reminding me of all...ALL... of this wonderful history. So much of which I had forgotten.
Emma Lazarus' excerpt of the poem gives me a sorrow that I have felt but her words were placed with that inner sorrow. How many yearn to come to America, to breathe free, how we have offered a hand to those "wretched masses", those homeless.

How we have put up walls to keep some out. How times have changed and I am sad.

I am thankful for our liberty in Christ for no matter where we live and have Christ, we are free. Hallelujah!

Much to ponder, ~ linda

HOPE said...

Oh My..Barb! I've been looking for the words to this song!! My girls sang this too! and I CRY everytime I hear it...

Thanks so much for posting this...

God bless you and Happy 4th...


Jackie said...

Hey Barbara! Thank you for sharing - I haven't thought about Lady Liberty's history in years!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful July 4th! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

Hugs and Sweet Blessings!

Sharon said...

Dear Barb
Thank for sharing a great tribute to the nation under GOD.
I have always wished to visit there.
have a happy and safe 4th.

Peggy said...

thanks for sharing. I found out things I didn't know. Have a very blessed 4th

Glennis said...

Have a lovely day of celebration. I like the song too, even though I am not American, but I am a Christian.
I specially like the Freedom is never free picture! Very true.

Lynda Young said...

I've never visited the Statue of Liberty before. I was in Washington one 4th July and the fireworks were spectacular.

Have a great 4th of July :)

Kay said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th! I get goosebumps and a bit teary-eyed every year thinking about our country and what we REALLY stand for.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Very nice, Barbara.... I enjoyed refreshing my memory about the Statue of Liberty... Thanks!!!!

Great little song...
Happy 4th to you.

Tori said...

Hey there Barbara, it's been a long time. I found you through a comment over at Kay's, glad I did.

That's a beautiful tribute to the USA, we're blessed.

Joyce said...

I love a patriotic post : ) Wishing you a happy July 4th!

Joan Davis said...

Thanks for the history and interesting information about "Lady Liberty"! I loved the poem/song, too. After reading that, I thought about the inscription at the statue's base which you also quoted -
"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-lost to me." Though those words were meant for people yearning for freedom in America, they could even more rightly so be the words of our Lord Jesus calling us to Him.

Thanks for sharing - and Happy 4th of July to you!

Living for Him, Joan

Together We Save said...

You are so right... freedom is never free. Thanks for such a great post!

Joan said...

Hi Barbara:

Thank you for visiting my blog. Feel free to come anytime. :)

Wishing you a Happy 4th!


Dee said...

Even though it is changing...I still love this country and am proud to live here. I hope you have an enjoyable fourth of July and your blueberry dump cake just may be on my fourth of July menu.:)

Anonymous said...

Gtray post! I did not know all that, thanks for sharing this. I am going to google the song to see if I can find someone singing it!
Happy 4th! Regina

Anonymous said...

Good Mornin' Barbara, A great post and I send along my best to you and your family for a fabulous July 4th!