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Lady Liberty's new look in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Lady Liberty statue was damaged in the Flood of 2008. Since then, community volunteers have dedicated almost 300 hours soda-blasting, rebuilding and repainting the 8 ½ foot tall statue, including members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 263 and the Painters Local Union 447.

"This is a community coming back from a pretty bad devastation but we've all pulled together and did what we needed to do.  Drive by and take a look at her. Say a little something under your breath as you pass by, and God Bless America." said Jerry Hintz.  Hintz helped Repair Lady Liberty.

The Boy Scouts of America gave the replica of the Statue of Liberty to the citizens of Cedar Rapids in 1950. Cedar Rapids is one of 102 communities to receive a statue through the Boy Scouts' two-year crusade to "strengthen the arm of liberty" in 1949 and 1950. In 2003, the statue was moved from Greene Square Park to the First Avenue Bridge. Next week, the statue will be dedicated to the citizens of Cedar Rapids again from the bridge.

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