America is receiving a second Statue of Liberty in time for July 4th

Source: The Hill | June 9, 2021 | Alexandra Kelley

The replica will journey to New York City and remain in Washington D.C. for the next 10 years.

This upcoming fourth of July, when the U.S. celebrates its official birthday, the country will receive a gift from one of its oldest allies.

France revealed on Wednesday that it will send the U.S. a second Statue of Liberty to be displayed on Ellis Island alongside the original from July 1 to July 5. 

Nicknamed the original’s “little sister,” the nine-foot bronze replica was loaned to the U.S. by France’s National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), who also helped load it into a transportation container on Monday that was set to depart to America. 

France’s version was made in 2009 and has been on display at the CNAM gardens since 2011.

“The statue symbolizes freedom and the light around all the world,” said Olivier Faron, general administrator of the CNAM per CNN. “We want to send a very simple message: Our friendship with the United States is very important, particularly at this moment. We have to conserve and defend our friendship.”

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Following the “little sister’s” stint in New York City, it will be sent to Washington, D.C. in a more permanent place in front of the French ambassador’s residence for the next decade. 

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