Lady Liberty's crown to reopen

NEW YORK The public will be able to start visiting the crown on July 4, 2009.

The entire statue was closed following the terror attacks in 2001. The base, pedestal and lower observation deck were reopened. However, the crown has remained closed.

Statue visitors are excited about the idea of going all the way to the crown. Mikayla Harris, a student visiting the Statue of Liberty said, "The /*Statue of Liberty*/ represents American hope and freedom and it was a great symbol for immigrants coming to America and I would definitely go to the top, it would be a great view and it's really cool."

Student visitor Elle Wilson added, "Having it open to the public is actually something good because people will be able to see the spirit that America has and the view would be amazing of New York."

Starting July 4, park rangers will escort ten people at a time to /*Lady Liberty*/'s crown.

"It's exciting to bring people up here and let them have part of the experience of coming up to the top of the crown, and seeing New York and New York City, how big and large it is. It's exciting to be working here and doing that," said Bill Maurer, a ranger at the Statue of Liberty.

The entire statue is expected to remain open for two years before it closes for safety improvements.

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