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October 22, 2013

Remember what it is to be an American

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In 1984, two years before the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the statue, a major restoration was undertaken. The multimillion dollar project included the replacement of 1,600 wrought iron bands that hold the statute’s copper outer skin to its frame. The torch was also replaced and an elevator to the observation tower in the statute’s crown was installed. Emma Lazarus’s famous poem, which is inscribed on the base, reads, in part: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

As we continue to be the target of Islamic fanatics and others who would destroy what we stand for, perhaps the foregoing will remind us of what it means to be an American!

That’s -30-for this week.

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