U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to present gift to French officials during 125th anniversary celebration
BY TOM HESTER SR.
It’s the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, the historic gift from France, and to celebrate, the National Park Service is holding an open-to-the-public series of events Friday on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay.
At 8:45 a.m., 125 immigrants from 40 nations will become U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony held to recognize the millions of immigrants who were welcomes to America by the Statue of Liberty.
At 10 a.m., U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will present a gift to French government officials in recognition of that nation’s gift of the statue in 1886.