Friday, June 17, 2011

Two Great Ladies

On this day in history, one great lady arrived in the US and another began her departure from the US.  Both are well known and represent the spirit of America.  Who were they?

In 1855, Lady Number One arrived in New York in 350 pieces, requiring over 200 packing boxes.  A gift of friendship from France, Lady Liberty was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.  It took 16 months to reassemble her and set her up on Bedloe Island, where she welcomed newcomers to the United States for her first six years, before being moved to Ellis Island.  Standing 151 feet tall and weighing 225 tons, she continues to inspire a spirit of hope in the hearts of those who dream.

On this day seventy-three years later, in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  She'd begun flying just seven years earlier and made this trip in 20 hours and 40 minutes.  I wonder, did her flight plan include a fly-by over  the Statue of Liberty?

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