While watching the July 4 fireworks, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be if we had a statue — similar to the lady icon one sees at the start of movies by Columbia Pictures — rising from the rubble of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.
Instead of clutching her shawl with her left hand, though, I envision her holding a framed document close to her bosom, and on the exposed side of this frame would appear the words “We the People,” to symbolize she is holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution. In her raised right arm, she would be holding a lighted torch, a beacon of liberty that could be seen for many miles.
This Southern version of the Statue of Liberty would also be wearing a crown of laurel leaves symbolizing peace. She would inspire us all to move beyond the painful memories of the Civil War era as a people united by hope for a bright and more harmonious future.
As South Carolina was recently named the nation’s most patriotic state, and as it is the home of many veterans and patriots, I believe erecting such a statue would serve to inspire future generations.