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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Iconic Gateways

Two iconic gateways share a monumental day of celebration nearly 80 years apart. One occurred in the 19th century, the other in the 20th century. Their commonality focuses on a gateway: the Gateway to America and the Gateway Arch.

Liberty Island ManhattanNew York, U.S.
The first is an iconic gift: As a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States of America, the Statue of Liberty began as "Liberty Enlightening the World." Having been designed in France, the dismantled 151-ft statue arrived in the United States enclosed in more than 200 packing cases. Its copper sheets were reassembled, and the last rivet of the monument was fitted on this day, October 28, 1886, during a dedication presided over by President Grover Cleveland. As witness to the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty were numerous French and American dignitaries.

?Click HERE to read more and test your knowledge of the Statue of Liberty. How much do you really know?

The second is an iconic structure:
The Gateway Arch in January 2008

On this day in history almost 80 years later well into the 20th century, on October 28, 1965, the tallest man-made monument in the United States, actually the Western Hemisphere, was completed: the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri. Construction began on February 29, 1964.

Test Your Knowledge:

How much do you know about the Gateway Arch? Click HERE to follow its construction via a photo sequence and test your knowledge of how much you really know.

Visit these icons of America if at all possible... But most of all KNOW as much as you can about them!