The Statue of Liberty was dedicated OCTOBER 28, 1886.
A gift from France, it was built by Gustave Eiffel, builder of the Eiffel Tower, and designed by Auguste Bartholdi, who wrote:
The statue was born for this place which inspired its conception. May God be pleased to bless my efforts and my work, and to crown it with success, the duration and the moral influence which it ought to have.
On its 50th Anniversary, OCTOBER 28, 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated:
The Almighty…did prepare this American continent to be a place of the second chance… Millions have…found…freedom of opportunity, freedom of thought, freedom to worship God.
Dwight Eisenhower remarked April 8, 1954:
I have just come from…the dedication of a new stamp…The stamp has on it a picture of the Statue of Liberty and ‘In God We Trust’… It represents…a Nation whose greatness is based on a firm unshakeable belief that all of us mere mortals are dependent upon the mercy of a Superior Being.
Relighting the Statue of Liberty, July 3, 1986, Ronald Reagan said:
I’ve always thought…that God had His reasons for placing this land here between two great oceans to be found by a certain kind of people.
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