2013-09-06 / Top News

Patriot Day Services

Statue of Liberty Returns September 11 As Part of Ceremony

After being removed from its post in Mackinac Island State Harbor last November, the Island’s Statue of Liberty replica is coming home in a special ceremony Wednesday, September 11. Since its removal, the miniature Lady Liberty has undergone extensive restoration at Venus Bronze Works of Detroit.

American Legion Post 299 has headed the statue restoration project, which was initially expected to cost about $61,000. That price tag has since decreased by about $8,000, Post Commander Paul Wandrie told the Town Crier. Certain city and state fees were waived like temporary motor vehicle permit fees and British Landing docking fees, while the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Waterways Commission waived a performance bond requirement that would have cost about $1,400.

The project is entirely funded by donations, and since last October the group has raised more than $34,000.

“We’ve done well,” said Mr. Wandrie, adding they only need a little more than $19,000 to finish the project.

At 5 p.m. September 11, the statue will leave St. Ignace for Mackinac Island on Shepler’s Sacre Bleu, which will be escorted to the Island by the Mackinac Island Fire Department boat. By about 5:30 p.m., the entourage will reach the Island.

Once on land, the statue will be transported to the Stuart House Museum in a procession with firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians serving as an honor guard.

A Patriot Day service is then planned for 6 p.m. at the Courthouse with Mayor Margaret Doud, the Reverend Vince Carroll, and Mr. Wandrie all speaking.

The ceremonies will honor the men and women who passed during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The statue is an iconic symbol of peace and freedom that has served as the centerpiece for the Patriot Day celebrations for many years, Mr. Wandrie commented.

After the ceremony, the Statue of Liberty replica will be placed inside the Stuart House Museum, where it will remain over the winter. As soon as the remaining funds are raised, the statue will be installed at a new and more prominent location on the grounds of Mackinac Island Harbor next year.

Those interested in donating to the Statue of Liberty replica restoration project can send donations to:

American Legion Post 299

P.O. Box 1518

Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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