BY MARCY MISNER
An honor guard of first responders escorted a replica of the Statue of Liberty during the final leg of her journey home to Mackinac Island Wednesday.
A contingent of American Legion members, firemen, policemen and local dignitaries led Lady Liberty in a procession through town as part of the island’s 9-11 ceremonies
The 8 ½ foot tall reproduction was dedicated on the island in 1950.
It’s the only one of its kind in the state.
62-years of weather had taken its toll on the copper statue, and last fall the community launched a restoration effort.
Paul Wandrie with American Legion post 299 said the community support has been tremendous.
“Yes, and so far we’ve raised over $36,000. We need $17,000 currently, to be able to start building the new base and pedestal because we’re going to move the statue and it’s now going to be centered on the marina grounds. People were very excited about us doing this project and it continues, actually,” Wandrie said.
The statue will reside at the Robert Stuart House until spring when the base is expected to be complete.
When the base is complete the statue will be set on the marina grounds so everyone can see her as they arrive on Mackinac Island.