Tuesday, January 26, 2010

U.S.A Monuments

~Statue of Liberty:
I would like to research the Statue of Liberty because it's a symbol of our country's freedom. It's located on Liberty Island and is also called Lady Liberty. Most people only see the lady holding a book and a torch when they first see it, but there's more than that. The woman is standing on broken chains and on the book, the date of Independence Day is inscribed (JULY IV MDCCLXXVI). The Statue of Liberty was given to us from France to represent freedom and democracy on October 28, 1886. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi built it, recieving a U.S. patent on it. The builder of the Eiffel Tower, Maurice Koechlin, built the inside of Lady Liberty, or as the French call it, Statue de la Liberte. Everything is made of copper, but the torch the woman is holding is made of gold leaf. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the Untited States of America.
~World Trade Center:
Everyone knows about the World Trade Center, or WTC, crashing down after a terrorist attack, but not everyone knows more than that. These famous buildings were built by Minoru Yamasaki in the 1960's. The North Tower was completed in December 1970 and the South Tower was finished in July 1971. The WTC was 13.4 million square feet. It went through a fire in February 1975, but obviously it survived until the famous date September 11, 2001.
~ World War II Memorial:
The last option I would like to research is the World War II Memorial because my great-grandpa fought in World War II and was shot in the arm, but lived. I'm hoping if I get it, I'll get a list of who was in the war and it would be cool to find my great-grandpa's name. Even if I don't get it, I'll still probably look up the list. It was opened to the public in April 2004. More than 4.4 million people visit it each year. It is made up of 56 pillars and a pair of arches. It's located in Washington, D.C., so we might see it this year!

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