The cover features an outline of the Statue of Liberty holding a torch. Open the card to see Lady Liberty in all her glory. She stands on a stone pedestal, holding high a yellow torch to light the way to freedom.
Lady Liberty statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
- I’m with her.
- I carry a torch for you.
- Happy Birthday, America.
- For true patriots to be silent is dangerous. ~Samuel Adams
- The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. ~Thomas Jefferson
- Equal laws protecting equal rights are the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. ~James Madison
- The statue is a woman and not a heroic, manly figure. So for all her scale and immensity, there’s something soft about the Statue of Liberty, something tender about her. -Derek Walcott
- The first time I saw America was from my perch on the mast of a Spanish naval ship, where I could spot the Statue of Liberty reaching proudly into the open, endless American sky. -Jose Andres
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French to the United States celebrating 1oo years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The statue is recognized around the world as a sign of of freedom, liberty and acceptance. It is located on Liberty Island in New York harbor. Between 1886 and 1924, almost 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York. The Lady Liberty Statue was a reassuring sign that they had safely arrived in the land of their dreams.
This country’s greatness and true genius lies in its diversity.
See also: New York City Skyline popup card. See Lighthouse popup card.
Spike That Fact!
The seven spikes in Lady Liberty’s crown represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world.
Until the restoration of 1986, the torch acted as a lighthouse for ships coming into New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty was the first lighthouse to use electric lamps. The government had to reserve a whole energy plant just to power the statue!
Statue of Liberty poem, by Emma Lazarus:
The New Colossus
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!”
Give this card to welcome family and friends who have immigrated to the U.S., or whose parents or grandparents did, or to anyone who appreciates world history and tries to uphold the intent of Liberty. Give this card to support democracy, equality, citizenship, and liberty on any occasion including birthdays, anniversary, family reunion, class reunion, LGBTQ wedding, Ancestor’s Day, Teacher’s Day, President’s Day, 4th of July, Father’s Day.
This pop-up card is an excellent gift for a friend or loved one who recently became a citizen of the United States, a lover of liberty, a memento of a visit to New York City, or for anyone who appreciates one of our nation’s most iconic symbols of freedom.