At home or abroad, most people can name a symbol that represents the United States to them. Americans have no shortage of national icons, and here’s some information on a few of the most famous:
Lady Liberty. The first thing seen by many as they reach America, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France. Originally intended to be presented in 1876 to commemorate a century of American independence, France offered to pay for the statue, while the U.S. agreed to pay for the pedestal. Lack of funds in both countries led to a 10-year delay in the statue’s dedication, which took place in 1886.
Old Glory. Possibly the most recognized flag in the world, creation of the first version has long been attributed to Betsy Ross. Between 1777 and 1960, various acts and executive orders changed the shape, design and arrangement of the original flag. The colors (red, white and blue) and stars and stripes have been elements in each version.
Beautiful bird. Thanks in part to its great strength and stately looks, Congress chose the bald eagle as the national symbol in 1782. However, not all founding fathers agreed with the choice—Benjamin Franklin insisted the wild turkey would be the better bird for such an honor. To celebrate America’s independence, Bay Village will hold its annual Independence Day Picnic on July 4 and we will also enjoy a patriotic concert that evening by fantastic jazz pianist Mike Markaverich at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium!