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095 Where is the Statue of Liberty?

95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
• New York (Harbor)
• Liberty Island
• [Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson

Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of freedom to people all over the world, meaning that when they look at a picture or photograph of the statue of liberty, they think about freedom in the United States. The Statue of Liberty welcomes people to the United States, or lets them know that the country is happy to have them come to visit or live there. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the government of France and now stands on Liberty Island in New York.

The Statue of Liberty, which is often referred to as “she” (or as a woman), is 151 feet (or 46 meters) tall and stands on a pedestal (or base) so that she reaches up to 305 feet (or 93 meters) tall. She is made of copper, which is a type of metal that turns green over time. Visitors used to be able to walk up the 354 steps inside the statue to enjoy panoramic (or very big and wide) views of New York City, but today they can see the statue only from below.

The Statue of Liberty is a statue of a woman wearing long robes, or large pieces of cloth that are worn over her shoulders and reach to her feet. Her right arm is extended (or held up) into the air and holds a torch, which is a long stick that burns on one end to make light. Her left arm holds a tablet, or a large piece of stone where writing has been carved or cut into the stone. The tablet says July 4, 1776, which is the day that the United States adopted or approved the Declaration of Independence and stopped being part of Great Britain. The date is written in Roman numerals, which is a way of writing numbers using letters instead of numbers.

When it is very windy, the Statue of Liberty sways (or moves from side to side) in the wind. The statue itself moves about 3 inches (or 7 centimeters), and the torch sways even more.


symbol – a picture or photograph that makes one think about something else or that represents something else
* Dark grey clouds are a symbol for sadness.

pedestal – the base of a statue; the large, heavy thing that a statue stands or rests on top of
* That statue weighs a lot so the pedestal must be extremely strong.

copper – a type of metal that turns green over time
* Some people enjoy cooking in pots made of copper.

panoramic – very big and wide, especially relating to views and scenery
* When they got to the top of the mountain, they took pictures of the panoramic views.

robe – a large piece of cloth that is worn over one's shoulders and reaches one's feet
* After taking a shower, she put on a robe and dried her hair.

to extend (something) – to hold something up in the air
* Mehdi extended her finger and pointed to the plane in the sky.

torch – a long stick that has fire on one end to make light
* The carried torches as they walked through the jungle at night.

tablet – a large piece of stone with writing that has been carved or cut into it
* The Bible says that God gave Moses a tablet with the 10 commandments, or rules that must be followed.

Roman numerals – a way of writing numbers using letters instead of numbers
* In Roman numerals, the year 2008 is MMVIII.

to sway – to move slowly from side to side
* When the woman heard the bad news, she swayed and then fell to the ground.