A symbolic piece of American history made a triumphant return to it's original glory on Mackinac Island just in time for the 4th of July.
About 400 people gathered near the marina to witness the unveiling of the restored Statue of Liberty that has stood on the island since it was donated. This replica of Lady Liberty is one of 200 around the country that were donated by the Boy Scouts of America in the 1950s. The eight foot sculptures were dedicated in 39 different states, and this one is the only one they placed in Michigan. But over the years, time and weather took it's toll on the statue, so an effort to raise the $60,000 needed to fix seems and repair damage was initiated by the island's American Legion post.
Thursday, after months of restoration work, the statue was ready for it's big reveal at a new location on the island. A ceremony was held complete with a color guard, while the entire crowd sang the National Anthem. The Mackinac Island Cub Scout troop led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.