On July 14, 2021, a Bastille Day event at the French Residence in Washington, D.C. celebrated the arrival of an American symbol that traveled from Paris to the United States. Lady Liberty’s “little sister” is an original copy of the Statue of Liberty that has been installed at the residence. If you like fishing you may be interesting in this sailboat fishing tips.
The ceremony featured French Ambassador Philippe Etienne, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and District of Columbia Secretary Kimberly A. Bassett.
The 9-foot-tall bronze statue is crafted from the original 1878 plaster model by Auguste Bartholdi. It was previously on display at Paris’s Musée des Arts et Métiers. Prior to traveling to Washington, D.C., the statute was displayed on Ellis Island for Independence Day.
William Adair’s ongoing art project, “The Golden Doors to Infinity,” was also featured during the celebration. Attendees had the opportunity to sign golden doors that were positioned throughout the residence. Adair is on the Advisory Council of the French-American Cultural Foundation.
The Bastille Day ceremony also recognized Légion d’honneur medal recipients. The Légion d’honneur is the highest French order of merit for both military and civilians. It was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The following photos are shared courtesy of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. You can view more photos and videos of the event on the France in the U.S. website. Read the remarks of Secretary of State Blinken here.