The day the Statue of Liberty was unveiled – level 2

28-10-1886

The Statue of Liberty is one of New York’s greatest symbols. It’s 46 meters high, and it’s visited by 4 million tourists every year. It’s a symbol of help from French people to American people.

The story of the Statue of Liberty began in 1865 when a French professor held a dinner meeting for his friends. They talked about the anniversary of American independence. The French people fought on the American side against England during this war.

The professor said that they could give the Americans a great monument. A young sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi was also at the dinner. At that time, he had a dream. He wanted to create an important statue.

He made a picture of a woman as a symbol of victory and freedom. Then he began to work on the statue.

In June 1884, the Statue of Liberty was completed in Paris. Now, people had to break up the statue into smaller pieces, put it into boxes, and send it to New York.

On October 28, 1886, Frédéric Bartholdi unveiled the Statue of Liberty in the presence of the American president and thousands of other people.

Difficult words: anniversary (a day when something important happened at least one or many years ago), independence (political freedom), sculptor (an artist who makes statues), monument (a special building that people build to remember something), unveil (to show for the first time).

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