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The Importance of History

By Dahni & Various Artists
© 2020, all rights reserved

History is like a map of where you are, where you are going and where you hope to end up. It is in essence, memory. Having no memory is like going somewhere without a map, without eyes and ears and feelings especially, but all the senses including taste and smell.

Growing up, I recall very little stored in my memory about American History. It was quite simple really, I just wasn’t into it, not interested in it. Ancient Greek and Roman History suited me better, but in a way, what was the practical side of those to me, they were not about me or where I lived; not my history.

I had another problem with learning American History, any history really and for the most part, any subject, anything. The simple cause for this was, I just did not have a very good memory. But I noticed a couple of curios things;

1. If a teacher made something interesting or I was interested, I could learn it and remember it later, IF…
2. IF, I spent a lot of time (maybe more so than most), and the more detail I could find and add to it, the easier it was to retain it and recall it later.

Having neither the blessing or the curse of a photographic memory, I could only learn to train what memory I had and like working any muscle, strengthen it over time. Repetition is important. Presentation is important, like who gives it and how it is presented. It should be interesting. It should have a purpose. It should be shared in order for it to continue. These all could be seen as just aids to memory, but most important of all, is the content. Is something a fact like 100 years ago there was no such thing as the Internet like today? When this nation was forming, the founders did not have email, cell phones, GPS, social media and such things as we may take for granted and these are facts. Facts come and go. Truth or principles are timeless. If it is truth or built on principle, what worked in the past will work today and any time, for anyone. WE the People are still, created equal, and still endowed with certain unalienable rights.

If all of these things or none of these things are not taught and continued, history is or will be lost. With human nature and without history, the mistakes of the past, are likely destined, to be repeated.

Our nation and our Constitution is based on the Declaration of Independence’s declaration that all are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain rights that cannot be bought, sold, transferred, bartered or taken under any circumstances. Among those are the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. If these rights have not come from God, then they are inventions of the human mind. If this is so, then therefore, rights could be bought, sold, bartered, transferred and taken. Whether you or I believe in God from a “rights” point of view, these “rights” did not come from the mind of mankind and are therefore universal, not exclusive to just these United States of America. And these “rights” are, built into a written document, our Constitution, ideally and idealistically, for their future continuance. The words in the preamble declare it authority, it authors, “WE the People” and its goal, “in order to form a more perfect union.” It does not say a perfect union or a union beyond perfection, more perfectly perfect, and perfection, but it is a view towards progress, a constant motion, always and ever, striving for excellence. This again affirms, the importance of history.

Symbols are important. They aid in relating and recalling from its stores of memory. Our United States flag is such a symbol. From Betsy Ross sewing a flag with 13 stars representing the then thirteen colonies (not yet states), to its present day, it is still a symbol. No matter how you and I might feel about spitting on, tearing, and burning this flag, this symbol of the United States, just remember that we live in a country that is free to do these things. And we are also free, not to and to respect this symbol, for what it represents. We are free to share these things, teach these things; to preserve and protect our history, of being free.

History is like a map.

“History is like a map— it shows us where we have been, where we are and where we desire to go!”

-dahni-

So, I have found and will share here in chronological order, lyrics and videos about our our history, love of country and our flag. When and where possible, I will share who wrote and/or is presenting them. I will when possible, share some background about each one. All of these things will help or aid the memory. But most importantly, are they mere facts for only a certain time or are they relevant today? Are they based on truth? Are they timeless? It begin with, ‘The Pledge of Allegiance’.

This piece was presented to CBS by Red Skelton, for possible airing on his comedy/variety show with them. CBS initially rejected the proposal. Even then, they did not want to be seen as being in favor of what they viewed as political. They did however, say that if it was from a third party and not Red Skelton or CBS, they would be OK with it. In order for it to pass the CBS censors and top brass, Red Skelton made up a story about a schoolteacher in Indiana, who had taught this to his students. CBS approved and it was aired.

 

 

‘The Pledge of Allegiance’ (text)

Written and presented by Red Skelton, 1969

“I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?”

I – Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge – Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance – My love and my devotion.

To the flag – Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there’s respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job!

United – That means that we have all come together.

States – Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that’s love for country.

And to the Republic – A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands, one nation – One nation, meaning, “so blessed by God”

Indivisible – Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty – Which is freedom — the right of power to live one’s own life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice – The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

For All – Which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to The Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance…

Under God – Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?”

 

‘America Why I love Her’ (text)

Written by Robert Mitchum (yes the actor), in 1973
Presented by John Wayne (yes the actor)

You ask me Why I Love Her?
Well, give me time. I’ll explain.
Have you seen a Kansas sunset
Or an Arizona rain?
Have you drifted on a bayou
Down Louisiana way?
Have you watched a cold fog drifting
Over San Francisco Bay?
Have you heard a bobwhite calling
In the Carolina pines,
Or heard the bellow of a diesel
At the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of Niagara thrill you
When you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder
At her Massachusetts shore…
Where men who braved a hard new world
First stepped on Plymouth’s rock?
And, do you think of them when you stroll
Along a New York City dock?
Have you seen a snowflake drifting
In the Rockies, way up high?
Have you seen the sun come blazing down
From a bright Nevada sky?
Do you hail to the Columbia
As she rushes to the sea?
Or bow your head at Gettysburg
At our struggle to be free?
Have you seen the mighty Tetons?
Have you watched an eagle soar?
Have you seen the Mississippi
Roll along Missouri’s shore?
Have you felt a chill at Michigan
When on a winter’s day
Her waters rage along the shore
In thunderous display?
Does the word “Aloha” make you warm?
Do you stare in disbelief
When you see the surf
Come roaring in at Waimea Reef?
From Alaska’s cold to the Everglades,
From the Rio Grande to Maine,
My heart cries out, my pulse runs fast
At the might of her domain!
You ask me why I love her?
I’ve a million reasons why —
My Beautiful America,
Beneath God’s wide, wide sky.


 

Ragged Old Flag

By Johnny Cash, 1975, music and lyrics

About this song in his own words:

Ragged Old Flag (lyrics)

By Johnny Cash, 1975

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin’ there.
I said, “Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town”.
I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin’ on it”.
He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down,
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing “Say Can You See”
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

“On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they’ve about quit wavin’ back here at home
in her own good land here She’s been abused,
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied an’ refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin’ thin,
But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
and i believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”

 

Robin Williams as The American Flag

Written and Performed By Robin Williams, 1977

 


My Name is Old Glory

Note: There have been at least three individuals that attest to have written this poem and thre exists three U.S. Copyright registration numbers. So who actually wrote it? Should it be assumed that the one who registered it first, is the original author? Perhaps not? Perhaps the original author did not get around to registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office until after someone else had? Here is all I was able to find:

“My Name is Old Glory” under the following names and registration numbers from the United State Copyright Office: Don Stewart Miller, PAu000540162 / 1983-08-29, and Ray M. Coach, TXu000350470 / 1988-12-19. Howard Schnauber’s copyright registration number is at TXu000695891 / 1995-08-28.

Who wrote “My Name is Old Glory”? I do not know, but it is a great poem, still used in the military and is still presented currently.

 

My Name is Old Glory (text)

By author unknown

I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I fly majestically over great institutes of learning.
I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world.
Look up! And see me!

I stand for peace – honor – truth and justice.
I stand for freedom
I am confident – I am arrogant
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners
My head is a little higher
My colors a little truer.

I bow to no one.
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped – I am saluted – I am respected
I am revered – I am loved, and I am feared.

I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years:
Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomattox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,
the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,
the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
Guadalcanal New Britain, Peleliu, and many more islands.

And a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.
I was there.
I led my soldiers – I followed them.
I watched over them.
They loved me.
I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
I was dirty, battle-worn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me,
and I was proud.

I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of
countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,
and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle – it hurts.
But I shall overcome – for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stand watch over the
uncharted new frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.

But my finest hour comes when I am torn into strips to
be used for bandages for my wounded comrades on the field of battle,
When I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers,
And when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving
mother at the graveside of her fallen son.

I am proud.

My name is Old Glory.

Dear God – Long may I wave.

Note: Presentation by Vann Morris. Evangelo “Vann” Morris, is a combat veteran turned motivational speaker & narrator. This retired Navy officer LOVES America and was born to inspire! He has visited 45 countries and has made hundreds of speeches in 20 years. His is, a Veteran owned business.

 


God Bless the USA (lyrics)

Written (music & lyrics), and performed by Lee Greenwood and others

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife
I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea
From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA
Well, there’s pride in every American heart
And it’s time we stand and say

That I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

 

Our flag is like a map too.

“History & Our flag is like a map— it shows us where we have been, where we are and where we desire to go!”

-dahni-

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Tearing Down Liberty?

By Dahni
© 2020, all rights reserved

Before you tear down Liberty, you should know what she stands for; what she strides for. If you are a supporter of or a participant in protests erroneously so-called, the words “tear down Liberty”, should shock you to the core! Think about those words. Having the liberty, to tear down liberty?

“Before you tear down Liberty, you should know what she stands for; what she strides for.”
-dahni-

I can think of no greater example, anything clearer and so familiar, than the Statue of Liberty, in New York City Harbor.

In our country, there were two revolutions. One in 1776, was to prove to the then powers that were that all are created equal and righted with Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In 1861, it was to put these universal truths into practice. We may be on the verge of a third revolution, to determine like president Abraham Lincoln wrote in the Gettysburg Address, whether or not “…of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” IF, “…any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.”

When the once defeated Continental Army were run out of Philadelphia by the British, they would have only needed to follow the bloody footprints left by feet in the snow by Washington’s troops that walked barefooted or with rags wrapped around their feet, to have ended that first revolution. But emerging from the cold and devastating winter of Valley Forge, the same British soldiers could not believe these were the same, they had so easily defeated in Philadelphia. But the Continental Army defeated the British in Yorktown, and General Cornwallis through his emissary, offered his sword and surrendered. But it was the French fleet in the harbor, which prevented the British from escape, the essence of the end, of the American Revolution.

By 1865, the second American Revolution had ended with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting slavery, anywhere in the United States of America. Inspired by this, a French man held a dinner party with guests including a sculptor. The topic of conversation was the inspiration from America which inspired the French Revolution against Napoleon Bonaparte. Talk centered on the historic ties and love of liberty the two nations had in common. There was “a genuine flow of sympathy,” between France and America, “the two sisters.” as Laboulaye noted. Laboulaye commented in light of our centennial, just 11 years hence:

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people in France gave the United States a great monument as a lasting memorial to independence and thereby showed that the French government was also dedicated to the idea of human liberty?”

Auguste Bartholdi was the sculptor attending that dinner party.

Bartholdi was a small man in comparison to his vision. He had wanted to build a great statue as a lighthouse. He had wanted to do this work in conjunction of the opening of the Suez Canal. He envisioned a young dark skinned peasant woman with her face covered, indicative of the religion of Islam.

The statue would recall the pharaonic Lighthouse of Alexandria, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and in appearance drew heavily on yet another ancient “wonder” – the Colossus of Rhodes, which in tradition appears carrying a flame, thought to serve as a beacon. Her motto was to be, “Egypt (or Progress) Carrying the Light to Asia.” The project was never realized, as there just was not enough money to it.

Bartholdi was inspired again, for such a work, for the work, for the United States. He had wanted its dedication to coincide with our centennial in 1876. An organization was formed to coordinate funding for France in giving the statue to the United States and the United States in funding her base and pedestal. Sketches and perhaps small bronze statues exist which originally offered the visage of a young dark-skinned woman with broken shackles on her hands and feet, but was abandoned as it was considered too offensive and too painful a reminder. She would be more akin to the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses like Libertas the goddess over freeing of the slaves and the oppressed. Columbia, the goddess-like personification of the United States, beginning around 1738 would be its other half, symbolically.

The author’s words were inscribed on a bronze plate, “The New Colossus”, a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus. She wrote it to try and help raise funds for the base and its pedestal. But funds were not forthcoming.

Congress failed to approve any further funding. What had been raised had already been spent, and the work had not begun. The president vetoed the project. The governor of New York vetoed funding it. The wealthy gave little to nothing and said nothing. The public was apathetic to the whole idea. Many said, “let New York fund it.” But it was never intended to belong to New York or any state, but all of the United States. The land upon which it was to be built, was approved by General Sherman and belonged to the federal government, the people of the United States. But due to lack of funding and lack of public interest, it almost never came to be.

A Hungarian immigrant, had fought in the War among the States, then became a journalist and rose to become a newspaper publisher. His namesake was, ‘The St. Louis Post Dispatch’. He bought another paper and decided to name it, ‘The World’ hoping to appeal to the common masses. He decided to use this paper to try and fund ‘The Statue’. He promised to publish every name that donated and to shame the wealthy and the elite that would not. Grandmas sent in dollar bills and children broke into their piggy banks and sent in pennies. The funds were raised, by grandmothers and children mostly, the “common masses” with many single one-dollar bills and pennies. As promised, every name that contributed, was published!

The base and pedestal was constructed. France shipped ‘The Statue’ over in many crates. It was assembled and Lady Liberty, was placed upon her pedestal.

In a copper box within the cornerstone, there was enclosed:

• a copy of the United States Constitution
• George Washington’s Farewell Address
• twenty bronze medals of Presidents up through Chester A. Arthur [including Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Johnson and Garfield, who were all Freemasons]
• copies of New York City newspapers
• a portrait of Bartholdi
• a copy of ‘Poem on Liberty’ by E. R. Johnes
• a list on parchment, of the Grand Lodge officers.

Wouldn’t it be an important work to look up the significance of those contents and the contents themselves?

-dahni-

By traditional ceremony, the cornerstone was then tested and being found, square, level and plumb, the Deputy Grand Master completed the work by applying the mortar and by having the stone lowered firmly into place. The Grand Master then struck three blows with the gavel and declared the stone duly laid. The elements of consecration, corn, wine and oil, were next presented. The corn is poured as an emblem of nourishment and abundance; the wine as an emblem of refreshment, comfort and hospitality and the oil as an emblem of light, joy, happiness, comfort and anointing. The cornerstone of the pedestal was completed, August 5, 1884. Another plaque was placed at the cornerstone ascribed and attested by the Grand Mason that sealed it and to the distinguished quests and peoples represented on this historic day.

The namesake of the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph Pulitzer should be posthumously awarded a medal, “For Distinguished and Meritorious Public Service.” It was he and his papers that had helped to raise the necessary funds in order for ’The Statue’, to have been completed.

“Liberty Enlightening the World” was dedicated, October 28th, 1886.

• Her 7 spires of her radiate crown- the seven continents of earth and the seven seas which connect them all to together and could bring them to the shores of Liberty.
• Her torch, held aloft by her outstretched right arm- “Liberty Enlightening the World”, the light of knowledge, a beacon in the darkness to all that would desire to be free,  come, Come!
• Her face- is perhaps a composite of the sculptor’s mother and a model he would later marry? But a combination of the beauty and gentleness of a woman and the sternness and potential for wrath, should any enemy from without or from within, threaten any of her children, any one of us, WE the People! And as a woman, it is prophetic in a sense of the woman’s right to vote (more progress), in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
• Her left arm holds a document- wherein is ascribed July 4th, followed by the Roman Numerals for the year, 1776, when the ideas of all are created equal and all are endowed by their creator with such rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, were written into the Constitution and became the Law of the Land.
• Her stola or toga- our republic similar, to the republic of ancient Rome.
• Her left foot- tramples the broken chains of slavery, bondage and oppression.
• Her right foot- in mid stride is not stationary. It is progress. She is ever moving until, all that want to be free, are free!

Liberty is, the emancipation from bondage! It is freedom!

Now in 2020, perhaps we are in or on the verge of a third revolution? If you support those that in the name of justice and protest, who by liberty, tear down liberty in the looting, defacing and destruction of private and public property, assault and bodily harm, then you are in support of criminal acts, criminal if not of law, then at least of humanity.

If you are a participant that in the name of justice and protest, who by liberty tear down liberty in the looting, defacing and destruction of private and public property, assault and bodily harm, you are a criminal, if not of law, then at least of humanity.

By liberty, if you tear down liberty, with the proposition of erasing all offending history, you are plunging yourselves and attempting to draw others, back into the darkness from which we rose and some are still trying to rise from. The opposite of all of this is, to educate, which is, to lead out of darkness and into the light of the liberty, you say you are seeking. To support the tearing down or to tear down liberty is, to tear down Liberty. It is to re-shackle all, once emancipated from bondage!

To support the tearing down or to tear down liberty is, to tear down Liberty. It is to re-shackle all, once emancipated from bondage!

-dahni-

What she stands for; what she strides for

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From Lady Liberty:

“To all you so-called “woke” stupid, you NFL, BLM, you celebrities, news media morons, execs, and politicians, hiding behind your personal; private protection, you take a knee to show solidarity, you defund and disband law enforcement “woke(s)”, (learn English and grammar and stop misappropriating someone’s culture for God sakes), you either are embracing insanity or you are insane! It aint:

It aint about protests, it’s riots, death and injury and criminals
It aint about justice, it’s about anarchy and lawlessness
It aint about race, there is only one
It aint about freedom, it’s about slavery of the mind and the blackness of the heart. But you know what, an idea whose time has come cannot be stolen, killed or destroyed and still…”


Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

Yesterday Was National Moon Day and for me, it began with a status on my sister’s Facebook page and an incredible picture.

Max Guliani (@maximusupinNYc) | Twitter

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Even though I live in New York, I do not live in New York City and I have never seen the Statue of Liberty in person. But she is an icon and a symbol of so much that evokes so much emotion and captures in her meaning and visage, the United States of America. She is on my ‘bucket list’ to one day or night, to experience with my own two eyes.

I was aware that the full moon of this month is called the Buck Moon, the Hay Moon or the Thunder Moon, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. I had recently heard that if the conditions were right, I just might be able to see it as a red moon this month. I am not too good at taking decent pictures at night with my cell phone, so it was time to take out my big-boy camera and tripod, to see what I could capture. As the following pictures show, my views went from red, to golden and then white as it was when I took it, high in the sky at approximately 1:30 AM, eastern standard time. Though the quality of my pictures are not the greatest, I marveled at their beauty in my own two eyes and the change of color, in such a short period of time.

Moon1

Red Moon – about 11:00 PM Wednesday 7/20/16 eastern standard time

Moon2

Golden Moon – around midnight Thursday, 7/20/16 eastern standard time

Moon3

Golden Moon (closeup with clouds covering) – 12:15 AM 7/21/16

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White Moon – (closeup) 1:30 AM, Thursday 7/21/16 eastern standard time

Earlier on the Wednesday 7/20/16, I was watching the news on TV, around noon. On July 3, 1995, astronaut Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle and she was scheduled to speak in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday evening, 7/20/16. She became the first female shuttle pilot and commander to speak at a Republican National Convention. And why not, this is, after all, America!

I put two and two together (or three)— National Moon Day, Collins speaking at the convention and on 7/20,  47 years ago in 1969, the United States Landed the first people EVER, on the Moon.  I knew I wanted to hear Collins speak, but I caught very little of it, as I was trying to get set up to take pictures of the moon. I am glad it was re-broadcast and I caught it later. I saw a lot more than I was expecting!

Some people were a little upset that a certain former candidate did not endorse the republican nominee for president and there was some booing. Someone (someone against all of this) was quick to call them, “howling lunatics.” I wonder if they knew there was a full moon out and howling refers to wolves that supposedly howl when the moon is full? “Lunatics” has as its root, “luna,” which refers to the moon. I only mention this as we seem so divided now, perhaps even more so or at least equal to, the times of the so-called Civil (which I call the UN-civil) War? This division among us seems especially true politically, anyway. It seems WE has all but been replaced with ME?

me-myself-and-i and you-yourself-and-yours seem along way away from US, WE the People

The sun rules the day and reveals so much. It is too intense of a light to look upon with the naked eye, so we look down and at what lies before us. The moon rules the night. It is a light in the darkness. We are drawn to this, especially when it’s full, like a moth is drawn to the flame. We look up at the moon and wonder and dream. How long as a nation, as a people, have we had vision, for the future or dreamed? Not howling our discontent at the moon like lunatics, but dreamed?

We are now a people who are concerned or worry over or fear our future. The world seems on fire and even our neighborhoods, don’t feel safe anymore. Who has time to dream if you’re just trying to survive from pay check to pay check or just to get through the day? Now, people can seize upon these doubts, worries and fears and provide vision and leadership or keep us blind and divided.

Dividers separate, manipulate and keep us in the dark
Leaders give vision to guide us together to the light of liberty

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John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963), the youngest man elected to the office. He provided US with vision, vision to safely land people on the moon and return home. This he envisioned being possible, within the decade of when he first proposed such a thing. OUR dedication to this vision produced so much more than what we received! New technologies, businesses, methods, jobs and inventions were just some of the by-products, of all things necessary to land on the moon and safely return home. As incredible as this was, a vision is NOT, for a final destination, but a continual and continuous journey! WE stopped dreaming as a people, at least about space travel and discovery, in 1999. WE need to Dream and Dream BIG again! This was beautifully and succinctly stated by Neil Armstrong. On July 20, 1969, from the moon’s surface he said,

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!”

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When should WE ever stop stepping or leaping? NEVER! Each night of the Republican Convention of 2016, there was a planned theme. On July 20, 2016, this theme was:

‘Make America First Again’

We used to be first at so many things. This is what made US, a ‘superpower’ in the world! WE had vision!

“Where there is no vision, the people wander aimlessly.”

Proverbs 29:18 Sanskrit Telugu

With vision, we have direction and can see clearly; our actions and our results bring more results, even far greater than what could be imagined. How apropos that on this National Moon Day and a day in history when the world was graced with the benefits of our landing on the moon! As this began with the image of the Statue of Liberty, with the moon at her back, so it will shortly end here, but hopefully NOT in your memory and your resolve. That image is, the purpose of unity among US, WE the People. WE need to look up as in the night sky towards the moon that rules the night. What I am trying to say here is more, so much more than sentimental hogwash or an emotional appeal; some feel-good! WE need to DREAM again! Only where there is Liberty do WE have the freedom to dream and dream big and lead others out of darkness! Ladies and gentlemen, this IS, the American Dream! Let’s dream again together and dream—

BIG!

This is what allowed US to become the greatest superpower, the world have ever known! WE were first because, WE were unified! WE had vision because, WE had the Liberty to DREAM! Let US, WE the People, with the American Dream, rise up together with this vision! Let US lead ourselves and our children; our families and friends and the strangers among us and the entire world! That’s what it means to be First, to have Vision, to draw out from the darkness to the Light of Liberty! Let US DREAM again, DREAM first and DREAM big !

At the end of this day, in trying to hear the speech by our country’s first female astronaut commander, I saw the following video. Enjoy it and share it with everyone, whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent! Just look up at that moon in the night sky and DREAM because, Liberty allows US to be, WE the People and do great things, for ourselves, each other and the entire planet!

 

 

This post can also be viewed on another of my blogs, ‘The Gathering Place’ from the following link:

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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

 

Are You Happy Now?

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Lost is the life,
Gone is the free

Lost is the strength and her purity
Replaced with the ME, for surety
So you thought, for victory
is but a virus of— insecurity

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Where is there Happiness
Where is the joy and the glee

Color Me, Look at Me, Hear Me, See Me
Label me; Divide Me— from sea to dimming see
And in this relentless storm
Gone now is— her forgotten face and form

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Are you Happy now
Are you really living
Are you really Free

Are you Happy Now?

Then why is this abiding
No more hiding,
But in the streets—
Stealing; killing; destroying; dividing

The ONE for all— diverse-d’
The ALL FOR ONE—dispersed
What infection to death is this directness
Death by— political correctness

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Are you really Happy now
Are you really living
Are you really Free

For me-my-self-and-i
Have swallowed this poisonous pill
A plague, a virus, a mutation
Corrupting still

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Is it too late to dare
Or do you— did you ever care
That it was UNITY that made US FREE

Label, Sexist, racist, he/she— so you thought, all-including
Color, Religion or No, differences became— the self-deluding
And the weakness of each, now imputing
No strength at all, but all diluting

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Where is the Life, the Freedom or the Joy
Not a woman or a girl; Not a man or a boy;

The chains at her feet once broken
The symbol of Our Liberty
Made possible by Our Unity
Reformed now stronger than ever
And binds us all so bitterly

For in the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Lost is, the identity of—

the WE!

Are You Happy Now?

“No,” says he/she,
“How can I be?”
“I do not know my name…”
“…or recall from whence I came.”
“I do not know, am I a mister or a mam?”
“I know not who or what I am!”

 

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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

Put them on your phone
Put them in your mind
Keep them in your Heart
Live them throughout your life
Share them with your first and last breath
They are the Hope of the world

 

Now as to the word “men,” if you believe it was just an all-inclusive plural pronoun or that the founders really only believed that men and only men were created equal and only they were endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights (rights which cannot be taken, surrendered, bartered or sold), does not diminish its inherent and inerrant truths!

“For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Romans 2:11 King James Version (KJV)

WE, that hold these truths are every man, woman and child the world over. Our republic, our form of government put them into writing in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America put into writing, the defense and preservation of these truths! WE the People are, the Hope of the world!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (every man, woman and child) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men (every man, woman and child), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

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FREE copies of The Declaration of Independence are available from many, many sources. You can read the words on paper, read it online, copy the words and paste them to your document program or application and print them from your printer. You can also download FREE digital copies or eBooks, from Apple’s iBooks etc. Just do a search for the device and format you are interested in. Here is one source that has several formats available and all, for FREE.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1

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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

 

Of all the holidays I love among all the rest
It is the Fourth of July— that I love best
Yes, I confess
And I profess
There are many different leaves upon this Our-tree
And WE are each one person; one people; One country
Oh, yes I love all about this day it’s true
But what I love the most is you!

 

America the Beautiful was written by Katharine Lee Bates and composed by Samuel A. Ward, “America the Beautiful” is one of the most well-known and beloved American patriotic songs. The song celebrates the natural beauty and the “patriot dream” of the United States.

Enjoy the following video (full screen if possible and the larger the better). It was published on YouTube on Jun 30, 2015, and sung by the Hillsdale College’s choir. James A. Holleman, Music Director and Debra Wyse, Accompanist/Assistant Conductor

 

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Image of Bartholdi’s original terracotta statue

   How would you like to have a treasure in your hands?

   How would you like to have a mystery, a treasure, a miracle so incredible and there was no one or few that even know about it? What would you do? Would you shout it out from the highest mountain and let it reverberate from sea to shining sea? I would! So did the founders of the United States of America when Liberty was written in the Declaration of Independence, published July 4th, 1776. Did you know it almost never happened? Did you know the Constitution of the United States in 1789 almost never happened? Did you know a French sculptor named Frédéric Bartholdi wanted to present a colossal monument to the United States from France for the bicentennial, July 4th, 1876? Did you know that it did not happen because, there was not enough interest and certainly not enough money to make it happen? He persisted anyway and finally, ‘She’ was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

   Did you know that the Statue of Liberty underwent a 30 million dollar face-lift’ in 2012, only to be closed due to hurricane Sandy? Did you know the statue was not damaged, but the park and the statue has been closed and is scheduled to re-re-open again for a re-re-dedication on July 4th, 2013? Did you know this would mark Her 127th year since She was dedicated and Our 237th year, since We the People began?

   How would you like to know that an original 21″ Bartholdi bronze statue might exist and has been hidden, unseen and unknown since it was made by the sculptor 129 years ago, referenced in a U.S. Patent that he made to drum up support and funds, so that WE the People could have this symbol of our, “Liberty, Enlightening the World?”

Is this the “missing” Bartholdi statue?

   Would you believe that I wrote a post on this blog: https://ourladyliberty.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/lady-liberty-birth-of-an-idea/ in 2009 and recently (2013), I received comments from a man (Eric of Sarasota, FL) that has such a statue? Would you believe that all he wants to do is to share this statue with the world? What a story, what a book, what a movie; what a miracle this could be to all of US, WE the People!

   What does Liberty mean to you? What would you do for Liberty? What can you do? Excellent question? Let us each start here!

   Without being able to absolutely verify the authorship of the following poem, as it seems latent with controversy, though it may have been written in the 1700’s, I will quote it simply as: -author Unknown-

One Man Awake 

One man awake awakens another,
The second man wakens his next door neighbor,
 
And three awake can rouse the town, 
and turn the whole place upside down.
 
And many awake can raise such a fuss, 
That it finally awakens the rest of us. 
 
One man up with dawn in his eyes – multiplies. 
 

-author Unknown-

   Share this post with everyone you know and by any means available. Eric of Sarasota, FL is a real and credible person. I have his email address. We have spoken by phone. See his comments to me at the above referenced blog post. I am respecting his privacy and helping to protect his treasure. Let US, WE the People awaken to awaken “the rest of us!” Let US each 1 reach 1 of US, WE the People and help keep the beacon of Liberty Enlightening the World!” 

   Contact/comment me for more information.

   She is in your hands!

 

Youtube video:
the band – Leeland
album – The Great Awakening
http://leelandonline.com/ 

Thank you for helping me, help you help US, WE the People!

1 of WE,

Dahni
an UN-alien

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Lady Liberty – How’s She Doing?

‘The Cost of Liberty

by Dahni

© Copyright 7/12/09

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Unless you who read here, are an active member or have served in the military (for which I sincerely THANK YOU), what has liberty cost the rest of us? For the most part, it is a cost that has been paid by the blood, sweat, tears and even the lives of many, for each of us. It is a gift to us!

Around national election time in the United States, there is a familiar saying to many, “as Maine goes, so goes the nation.” This is a reference to the countless times that the state of Maine on the east coast and one of the first areas to close their voting booths, while others remain open, have voted for the eventual winner in many presidential races. When it comes to the subject of liberty, I believe that as the United States goes, so goes the world!

What has liberty cost you or me, except for perhaps your time in reading these many posts or my time in writing them? Even though the title of this blog is, Lady Liberty – “How’s She Doing,” it is more than just about a mere statue. It is about Liberty. As a symbol of this liberty, I have written many entries about this statue, for a starting place; a foundation upon which to build, and as a beacon to light our way to liberty.

Symbols and icons are important, for which visual and associative images can be firmly fixed in our minds. When it comes to the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty, it is full controversy, often argued, hotly debated and even vehemently abhorred. There can be no doubt as to her mix with ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Free Masons were involved in the building and evidenced by her cornerstone. The Statue of Liberty is the imaginative concept of the sculptor and what we see is the persona of some feminine deity. But is this what the Statue of Liberty is about, some religious relic to contend over as to its ulterior motives and her many conspiracy theories? It is just a statue.

Is it just a statue? It is a work of art and a marvel of engineering in both her original construction and her restoration. She rises as a testament to wonder, for it was almost never even built. She has withstood the ravages of time and climate and even terrorist attacks or conspiracies. She has been fought over by New York and New Jersey. She has been accused of merely belonging to New York. She was denied funding by the state of New York, the government of the United States and the wealthy of our nation. It was the freedom of the press she stands for that called for WE the People to her aide. She is perhaps the greatest single example in the world today, of a publicly funded project. Beyond profit in selling more newspapers, coins, miniature statues, insurance, T-shirts, movies and every conceivable thing that money could buy, with her as the focal point, what is it about her that so captures our hearts? Quite simply, it is a statue of liberty.

As a statue of such size, features and symbolism, it draws us to its purpose and her purpose is, liberty. But the word liberty is where the lady may become confusing, for she may mean different things to different people?

To the emancipated black slave from the 1800’s, she is symbolic of the freedom from slavery. To the immigrant upon first seeing her, she was the torch bearer of opportunity and the freedom from tyranny.

To others, she is a sore and an open wound to fight and argue over. Her pagan, non-Christian, Free Masonry symbolism despised. Some argue over the origin of her beginnings and over the inspiration of her face.

To Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye, in 1871, she was just an idea for a gift to the United States from France, to celebrate our first 100 years as a nation of liberty.

To Bartholdi the sculptor, she was through years of persistence and uncertainty, the realization of a lifetime dream come true. To the poet Emma Lazarus, it was an attempt to raise the funds to build her.

To simple and common folk; to little children breaking their piggy banks, she was a cause to raise the funds to build her.

To Joseph Pulitzer, she was the twin symbol of freedom for opportunity and the responsibility of the press.

To many that pledged their lives and fortunes and sacred honor during the Revolutionary War, she sets upon the ground of the country they died for. To many that gave their lives during the War Between the States, she is proof that our nation was preserved. To those that have fought and died in every war and conflict since, they are the reason she still stands. But –

“How’s She Doing?”

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Shall Liberty shed tears of sorrow and fade into obscurity? Shall she disappear at sunset and be forever plunged into darkness? Shall the very chains and shackles of slavery and tyranny she once trampled underfoot, be used to pull her to the ground and broken into forgetfulness? Shall her tablet with the words: “July 4th, 1776,” be shattered? Shall her torch no more reflect and her beacon no more guide? Shall her light be forever veiled behind the fog of apathy over the once safe harbor called, “…indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?” Thus shall surely be her fate, if not for WE the People. And as the United States goes, so goes out the light of, ‘Liberty, enlightening the world!’ WE are not the first democracy or the oldest republic, but WE are the oldest continuing republic upon the face of the earth. It is up to you and me, WE the People, if this future will continue, but rise or fall, it proceeds or recedes into obscurity, for one single word and that is Liberty. What is Liberty and what does it mean?

The words liberty and freedom have been used interchangeably for a long time. The two words have been continually redefined over the centuries, as U.S. Americans have contested and contest today, the basic notion of what it means to be free. For the founders of the nation, liberty was the fundamental American value. That was a legacy of the conception of “English liberty,” with which Britons proudly distinguished themselves from the slavish peoples of the Continent who were unprotected from the arbitrary power of the state. Echoing John Locke, the Declaration of Independence speaks of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The text doesn’t mention freedom at all! It was liberty that Patrick Henry declared himself willing to die for, and liberty that the ringing bell in Philadelphia proclaimed on July 8, 1776. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address began by invoking a nation “conceived in liberty,” but went on to resolve that it should have a “new birth of freedom.”

In the United States, there could have never been liberty without first declaring our independence from tyranny. Without liberty, there can be no freedom. Many of our freedoms are outlined in The Constitution of the United States of America. But freedom when shared among so many is invoked, was neither intended to mean nor does it mean to do whatever the individual thinks is right for them. That is a definition of anarchy or mob rule. Liberty is the independence or the freedom to do what is right for all people.

Years after the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, in 1903, a poem was inscribed on a bronze plaque, inside the monument. Countless people and politicians have taken excerpts and invoked the words.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
with silent lips. “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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Poem by Emma Lazarus written in 1883 to help fundraising for the Pedestal

What is the cost of liberty?

  • Costs to build the original statue and the pedestal: around $520,000.00
  • Costs to restore and preserve the statue in 1986: 65 million dollars +
  • Cost of Liberty – to have, to hold, to protect, to defend and preserve:

PRICELESS!

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Liberty – It’s one thing

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Lady Liberty – How’s She Doing?

‘The French Kiss’

compiled from multiple sources

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There are at least 15 copies of the Statue of Liberty located around France

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Three replicas of the Statue of Liberty are found in Paris, France. One stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg: this is a bronze model that Bartholdi used in designing the New York statue. Bartholdi offered it to the Luxembourg museum in 1900 and it was placed in the park in 1906. The date written on this statue’s tablet (where the New York statue has “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI”) is “15 de novembre 1889” (November 15, 1889), the date at which the larger Parisian replica was inaugurated.

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This second Statue of Liberty in Paris is near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île des Cygnes, an island in the river Seine in Paris, France. It was dedicated on November 15, 1889, as a gift from the United States. The statue looks towards the Atlantic Ocean and hence towards its “larger sister” in New York Harbor, which had been erected three years earlier. It bears the same coordinates as her sister at 48°51′0″N 2°16′47″E / 48.85°N 2.27972°E / 48.85; 2.27972. The statue stands 37 feet 9 inches high. Its tablet bears two dates: “IV JUILLET 1776” (July 4, 1776 marking the United States Declaration of Independence, and “XIV JUILLET 1789” (July 14, 1789: the storming of the Bastille. This statue is shown in the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets as one of the historic locations.

A third copy, also produced by Bartholdi is located in the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

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A life-size copy of the torch, ‘Flame of Liberty,’ can be seen above the entrance to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel near the Champs Elysees in Paris. It was given to the city as a return gift in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the statue’s dedication. Since it is above the Pont de l’Alma car tunnel in which Princess Diana died, the torch became an unofficial memorial to the Princess.

Another replica is the Bordeaux Statue of Liberty. This 2.5 m (8 ft) statue is in the city of Bordeaux in Southwest France. The first Bordeaux statue was seized and melted down by the Nazis in World War II. The statue was replaced in 2000 and a plaque was added to commemorate the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. On the night of March 25, 2003, unknown vandals poured red paint and gasoline on the replica and set it on fire. The vandals also cracked the pedestal of the plaque.

There is a replica in the northwest of France, in the small town of Barentin near Rouen. It was made for a French movie, Le Cerveau (“the brain”), directed by Gérard Oury and featuring actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bourvil.

A fifth replica is located in the center of the town Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer near Marseilles, France.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty  at 39 ft 4 in may be seen in Colmar, France, the city of Bartholdi’s birth, was dedicated on July 4, 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. It stands at the north entrance of the city. The Bartholdi Museum in Colmar contains numerous models of various sizes made by Bartholdi during the process of designing the statue.

From 1902 to 2002, visitors to Midtown Manhattan were occasionally disoriented by what seemed to be an impossibly nearby view of the statue. They were seeing a 30-foot high replica located at 43 West 64th Street atop the Liberty Warehouse. In February 2002 the statue was removed by the building’s owners to allow the building to be expanded. It was donated to the Brooklyn Museum of Art which installed it in its sculpture garden on October 2005.

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A bronze sculpture of the Statue of Liberty is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Duluth, Minnesota, has a small copy on the west side of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, in the center of a clearing surrounded by pine trees where it may be passed unnoticed. It was presented to the city by some of Bartholdi’s descendants residing in Duluth.

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 1950 with the theme of “Strengthen the Arm of Liberty”. Between 1949 and 1952, approximately two hundred 8 foot four inch replicas of the statue, made of stamped copper, were purchased by Boy Scout troops and donated in 39 states in the U.S. and several of its possessions and territories. The project was the brainchild of Kansas City businessman, J.P. Whitaker, who was then Scout Commissioner of the Kansas City Area Council. The copper statues were manufactured by Friedley-Voshardt Co. (Chicago, IL) and purchased through the Kansas City Boy Scout office by those wanting one. The statues are approximately 8 1/2 feet tall without the base, constructed of sheet copper, weigh 290 pounds, and originally cost $350 plus freight. The mass-produced statues are not great art nor meticulously accurate (a conservator notes that “her face isn’t as mature as the real Liberty. It’s rounder and more like a little girl’s”), but they are cherished, particularly since 9/11. Many have been lost or destroyed, but preservationists have been able to account for about a hundred of them, and BSA Troop 101 of Cheyenne, Wyoming has collected photographs of over 100 of them.

There is a half-size replica at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Another smaller replica stands in Las Vegas, on West Sahara Avenue. The pedestal once housed a local business, Statue of Liberty Pizza. Today it advertises Liberty Tax Service, a tax preparation firm.

The city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota erected a replacement bronze reproduction standing 9 ft (2.7 m) tall in McKennan Park atop the original pedestal for a long-missing wooden replica.

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A 36-foot (11 m) tall bronze replica, accurately based on Bartholdi;s “Liberty Enlightening the World”, stands in Vestavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. It was cast in 1956 at the Société Antoine Durenne foundry in Somerville Haut Marne, France for placement in 1958 atop the Liberty National Life Insurance Company Building in downtown Birmingham. It was relocated and placed on a 60-foot (18 m) tall granite pedestal adjacent to Interstate 459 in 1989.

Two 30-foot copper replicas stand atop the Liberty National Bank Building in Buffalo, New York, nearly 354 ft above street level.

A 25 ft. tall replica sits on the ruins of the late Marysville Bridge (erected on a platform (pier)) in the Dauphin Narrows of Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg. The replica was built by a local activist Gene Stilp on July 2, 1986; it was made of venetian blinds and stood 18 feet tall. Six years later, after it was destroyed in a windstorm, it was rebuilt by Stilp and other local citizens, of wood, metal, glass and fiberglass, to a height of 25 feet.

A Lego replica of the Statue of Liberty consisting of 2882 bricks and standing 3 ft. tall is a popular sculpture among Lego enthusiasts. The statue went out of production, but due to popular demand was returned to sale. A much larger replica built entirely in Lego can be seen in Legoland Billund. A smaller version of the Billund model is on display at the Legoland California amusement park.

A 25-foot replica of the Statue, lofting a Christian cross, holding the Ten Commandments, and named the “Statue of Liberation through Christ”, was erected by a predominantly African-American church in Memphis, Tennessee on July 4, 2006.

A small replica stands on the grounds of the Cherokee Capitol Building in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a gift from the local Boy Scouts in 1950. There is a 6-foot tall replica in Lebanon, Tennessee, near the southwest corner of the intersection of East Main Street and South College Street.

Fargo, North Dakota also has a replica of the statue of liberty on the corner of Main Ave. & 2nd Street at the entrance of the Main Avenue Bridge.

The Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas has a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

There is a replica on the shoreline of Lake Chaubunagungamaug in Webster, Massachusetts.

In order to promote the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, the city of New York has 42 different 8’6″ Statue of Liberty replicas, each in different locations in the city (34 outdoors, 8 indoors). Each is uniquely designed with different team colors and logos, along with several ones with the All-Star Game logo or different New York landmarks. This is similar to what was done with the cows in Chicago, the crabs in Baltimore, the angels in Los Angeles, and the Mr. Potato Head’s in the state of Rhode Island. 9″ replicas can be bought of the larger replicas.

There is one also on Alki Beach, in Seattle, Washington.

There is one in front of the old Sioux City, Iowa auditorium.

A replica stands in a roadway park on Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida.

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Statue of Liberty Park near Shimoda, Aomori Japan.

FrenchKiss8Statue of Liberty replica at Odaiba, overlooking the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Bay

The French Statue of Liberty came to Odaiba, the beach area of Tokyo since April 1998 until May 1999 in commemoration of “The French year in Japan”. Because of its popularity, in 2000, a replica of the French Statue of Liberty was erected at the same place. Also in Japan, a small Statue of Liberty is in the Amerika-mura (American Village) shopping district in Osaka, Japan. Another replica is located near the town of Shimoda south of Misawa, Japan where the United States has a U.S. Air Force base with 8,000 military members. This replica is located on the same latitude as the original statue in New York.

FrenchKiss9Replica of the Statue displayed at Karmøy, Norway.

FrenchKiss10Statue of Liberty replica in the village of Arraba, Israel.

From 1887 to 1945, Hanoi was home to another copy of the statue. Measuring 9 ft 4 inches tall, it was erected by the French colonial government after being sent from France for an exhibition. It was known to locals unaware of its history as Turợng Bà đầm xòe (Statue of the Open-Dress Dame). When the French lost control of French Indochina during World War II, the statue was toppled on August 1, 1945 after being deemed a vestige of the colonial government along with other statues erected by the French.

During the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, Chinese student demonstrators in Beijing built a 33 foot image called the Goddess of Democracy, which sculptor Tsao Tsing-yuan said was intentionally dissimilar to the Statue of Liberty to avoid being “too openly pro-American.” In 1897 a 4 foot replica in iron and bronze was erected in Cenicero, Spain, to honor local fighters during the First Carlist War.

In 1936 it was removed during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. It was restored in 1976 and moved indoor in 1997 because of deterioration, and a new bronze statue replaced it in the original plaza.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina there is a small replica in Barrancas De Belgrano Square, acquired by Argentina to France.

In Lima, Peru the New York casino in the Jesus Maria District has a small replica in the main entrance. The whole casino is a tribute to the state of New York and the USA.

A smaller replica is in the Norwegian village of  Visnes, where the copper used in the original statue was mined.

A replica stands atop the Hotel Victory in Priština, Kosovo.

A replica stands in front of New York City Center, a shoopping in Barra de Tijuca, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Federation.

In Minimundus, a miniature park located at the Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria is another replica of the Statue of Liberty.

There is also a small replica located at RAF Lakenheath, England, at the base flag plaza, made from leftover copper from original.

At a highway intersection in Jerusalem called ‘New York Square,’ there is an abstract skeletal replica of the Statue.

A 115 ft copy is in the German Heidepark Soltau theme park, located on a lake with cruising Mississippi steamboats. It weighs 28 tonnes (31 short tons), is made of plastic foam on a steel frame with polyester cladding, and was designed by the Dutch artist Gerla Spee.

Camp John Hay, a former US base in the Baguio City (Philippines), also has a small replica of the statue near the amphitheater.

A 30-foot replica can also be seen at the Westfield Marion shopping complex in Adelaide, South Australia.

A 17-foot, 3.4 ton replica stood atop the Liberty Shoe factory in Leicester, England until 2003 when the building was demolished, the statue was put into storage while the building was replaced. The statue, which dates back to the 1920s, was initially going to be put back on the replacement building, but was too heavy, so in December 2008 following restoration it been placed upon a pedestal near Liberty Park Halls of Residence on a traffic island close to where it originally stood.

A 15 feet high replica of the statue of liberty is seen in the western entrance to the village of Arraba in Israel, near a local restaurant.

A 10 feet high replica is situated on the stairwell of a bowling alley building in Warrington, England. It used to be above the entrance of a restaurant nearby.

There are at least two Statue of Liberty replicas (greater than 30 feet) in Taiwan. These two statues are in the cities of Keelung and Taipei.

A replica of the torch was created for the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes, for the last scene, and the torch was later sent to be in the last episode of Lost in Space, titled “Junkyard of Space.”

Truly, this original gift from France to the United States, has kissed the world.

There is a sitting Liberty, many small miniatures and various replicas throughout the world. Perhaps there is no other statue that has been so duplicated, anywhere and at anytime? Liberty is not just an symbol of the United states, it is the cry of every heart for,

Liberty Enlightening the World!”

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Next time: ‘The Cost of Liberty

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