Lady Liberty To Be Feted At 125th Birthday Party

Lady Liberty is getting a high-tech uplift for her 125th birthday: Internet-connected cameras on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor or see visitors on the grounds below.

FILE - This undated file photo shows a close up of the Statue of Liberty. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday, May 8, 2009 that the statue's crown will reopen on July 4 for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/File)

Lady Liberty is getting a high-tech uplift for her 125th birthday: Internet-connected cameras on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor or see visitors on the grounds below.

The "lighting" of the so-called torch cams is one of many events planned for Friday's ceremony commemorating the Statue of Liberty's dedication on Oct 28, 1886.

The ceremony caps a week of events centered around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the "Mother of Exiles."

The day also will be marked by a naturalization ceremony, water flotilla and a spectacular 12-minute Macy's Fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music.


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