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Symbols of America

Posted on: November 24, 2006

The Statue of Liberty: She holds her torch aloft in the harbor of New York City. The statue has been the symbol of freedom for many an immigrant, most notably the Europeans of Ellis Island history.

Her official title is “Liberty Enlightening the World“, given to the United States by the Paris-based Union Franco-Americaine (Franco-American Union) in 1885.

The statue is approximately 151 feet high, its foundation adding another 154 feet. The tablet held by Lady Liberty reads “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” in Roman numerals (July 4, 1776) commemorating the date of the United States Declaration of Independence.

The sculptor was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure.

The second-most recognizable symbol of the United States is the Bald Eagle, a bird of prey found in North America. It is the national bird of the United States.

The Bald Eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures and its feathers are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans. It appears on most of the country’s official seals, including the Seal of the President of the United States.

Its national significance dates back to June 20, 1782, when the Continental Congress officially adopted the current design for the Great Seal of the United States including a Bald Eagle grasping arrows and an olive branch with its talons. Its motto is “E Pluribus Unum” or “Out of many, one”.

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