Weekly Highlights: 06/18/2014
Statue of Liberty
June 18 marks the anniversary of the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor in 1885.
Are you aware that the French gave America another beautiful gift last week? A group calling itself The French Will Never Forget raised $100,000 to enable three helicopters to shower over one million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. World War II veterans, military members and civilians gathered for the event to honor thousands of American, British and Canadian troops who landed on Normandy's beaches on June 6, 1944. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French.
To read more about the Statue of Liberty, see Today in History at the Library of Congress at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun19.html
Consider the rich history of America-French relations by noting how many items in America’s Treasures at the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/index.html) are early gifts to the United States from France. Find, for example, the copy of France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man given to Thomas Jefferson by General Lafayette before he presented it to the French Estates General. One of several such declarations circulated in revolutionary France, Lafayette's draft was influenced by his years in America and his intimate knowledge of George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trt008.html