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Statue of Liberty reopens after Sandy

The Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors for the

The Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors for the first time since superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island. (July 4, 2013) Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The Statue of Liberty, closed since superstorm Sandy's floodwaters destroyed equipment and submerged 75 percent of Liberty Island, reopened officially on a fitting date -- the Fourth of July.

The Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors for the
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The Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors for the first time since superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island. (July 4, 2013)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the reopening ceremony for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island. (July 4, 2013)

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
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Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger, left, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senator Robert Menendez, and National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvi cut a ceremonial ribbon at a ceremony marking the Statue of Liberty's reopening. (July 4, 2013)

Members of the U.S. Parks Department SWAT team
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Members of the U.S. Parks Department SWAT team patrol Liberty Island as visitors tour the Statue of Liberty. (July 4, 2013)

Members of the The Old Guard perform during
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Members of the The Old Guard perform during the reopening ceremony for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island. (July 4, 2013)

For the first time since superstorm Sandy made
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For the first time since superstorm Sandy made landfall, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island reopen to the public. (July 4, 2013)

Sofia Dagbaborj, from Mongolia, poses in front of
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Sofia Dagbaborj, from Mongolia, poses in front of the Statue of Liberty. (July 4, 2013)

Visitors arrive at the Statue of Liberty and
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Visitors arrive at the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island as it reopens to the public. (July 4, 2013)

Visitors tour the Statue of Liberty and Liberty
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Visitors tour the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island. (July 4, 2013)

Leticia Baes, from the Philippines, tours the Statue
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Leticia Baes, from the Philippines, tours the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island as it reopens to the public. (July 4, 2013)

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