(Photo above) American Monument in Sigolsheim in honor of U.S. soldiers who fought there during WWII – Chargée d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Paris Uzra Zeya, the Mayor of Kaysersberg-Vignoble Pascal Lohr and the Mayor-Delegate of Sigolsheim Philippe Bricola. (Photo State Dpt)
Uzra Zeya, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, had the pleasure to travel to Alsace, more precisely to Colmar and the region around that city. Colmar is the home town of Auguste Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty. This gift from the people of France to the people of America dates back from 1886: For 130 years “Liberty has been Enlightening the World.” This is the official title of the Statue of Liberty which has become a symbol for Liberty and Democracy around the world. It was made to resist bad weather through the centuries and this is the reflection of the unflinching nature of Liberty as well as of the Franco-American friendship. Thanks to restoration, the torch of Lady Liberty just like the fire of liberty continue to glow throughout the world, 130 years later. The visit of Uzra Zeya went on to Ammerschwihr where the Thérèse Bonnet Monument and the « Caves de l’Enfer » (inferno cellar) are located, to the American monument of Sigolsheim, and to the Prefecture of Upper Rhine in Colmar.
On the day when the U.S. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue, on October 28, 1886, he said: “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. Willing votaries will constantly keep alive its fires and these shall gleam upon the shores of our sister Republic thence, and joined with answering rays a stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world.”