It was completed on October 28, 1886, and stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The formal name is “Liberty Enlightening the World,” but we call it the Statute of Liberty. It pictures a woman escaping the chains of tyranny and at her feet lie broken chains. In her right hand is a torch held high to symbolize liberty and in her left hand is a tablet with the inscription - July 4, 1776.
We live in the land of the free because of the brave and there are untold numbers who have given their lives for that freedom. The pledge of allegiance was written to express what we stand for and says, “I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America And to the republic for Which it Stands, One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All.”
Today, our soldiers are in various parts of the world trying to protect and preserve the idea of freedom. This holiday, let us not take lightly the precious gift that our country provides to us. I am also reminded of the precious gift that was given to us many years ago on a cross in Jerusalem (John 10:10, Romans 5:6). Jesus Christ died for us that our sins could be forgiven (Acts 2:21 & 4:12) and one day we will be able go to a land of no suffering and heartache (Revelation 21:1-4). See you in church next Sunday.