Saturday, May 23, 2009
Remember after 9-11 and we were wondering what national monument was next? We were worried the Statue of Liberty was next? One of our greatest symbols of freedom?
Remember trying to rename French Fries - Freedom Fries? The mockery of the French people giving up the fight, hands up in surrender?
We Americans can be thoughtless instead of thoughtful. We have never had a major war except with ourselves(Civil War)on our soil.
We don't have a long history as a country, let alone as a world power. Unfortunately, the image the world has of us is not what we would hope for.
People for forget that the French helped us win the Revolutionary War. Granted they didn't like the English, fighting for the trade in Canada and the colonies.
But remember, the French gave us the Statue of Liberty. Their people paid for it. They built it, brought it to us, and put it together. All we had to do was build the pedestal.
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And from one proud American, thank you!
This is from the plaque inside the Lady Liberty.
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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"