France sending 2nd Statue of Liberty to US for I-Day

Paris: A replica of the Statue of Liberty, smaller but based on the original plaster cast of its big sister on Liberty Island, a gift from France, was given a sendoff Monday before a trip to the United States where it will be displayed  in New York for Independence Day.


The mini-Lady Liberty is then set to go on display in the gardens of the French Embassy in Washington D.C., arriving there in time for France’s Bastille Day celebration July 14. The statue will stay there for the next decade.

The monumental Statue of Liberty in New York’s harbor, by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, symbolizes the United States’ welcoming to its shores of immigrants seeking refuge and freedom. A gift to America in 1885, it also serves as a monument to the enduring French-American friendship.

The Statue of Liberty “is like our Eiffel Tower,” said U.S. Embassy representative Liam Wasley at the send-off ceremony in Paris, calling it an icon that symbolizes not just liberty but “the richness of our relationship” with France.

The first Statue of Liberty was given to the US by France to celebrate 100 years of US independence.

It now stands on Ellis Island, clearly visible from New York City and beyond; and is recognized as an iconic symbol of liberty the world over.

Image courtesy of CMA CGM Group

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