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Editorial: Statue of Liberty opens for America

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddle masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lapt beside the golden door.” — The Statue of Liberty

The National Park Service chose the fitting Fourth of July to reopen the Statue of Liberty monument.

The Statue of Liberty was closed since Oct. 29, when Hurricane Sandy stormed into the New York City area and left a mess across Liberty Island. That storm left three-quarters of the island under water as well as damaging electrical, phone, water and sewage systems.

The storm also completely submerged Ellis Island, which has not yet reopened.

A beacon of hope around the world, the Statue of Liberty has been closed three times for extended periods of time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. In fact, the Sandy damage occurred only days after the Statue of Libery had reopened following a year-long renovation.

The reviews Thursday from visitors returning to Liberty Island were positive.

“She’s beautiful,” Rebecca Hines of Byron, Ill., told the Los Angeles Times.

“This is something we’ve always wanted to see,” Rick Perkins of Little Rock, Ark., told USA Today.

The Statue of Liberty remains a symbol of America and freedom and is recognized around the world. It is good to see Lady Liberty open again for Americans and others to visit.