Dedication of the statue will be made at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, May 27, with more than 1,000 Cheyenne cubs, Boy Scouts and senior Scouts participating, J. P. Eads, district chairman of the Boy Scouts in Long's Peak council, announced today.
Guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Gale W. McGee, professor of Political science at the University of Wyoming. His topic will be "Miss Liberty of 1950."
Prior to the public ceremonies a parade will be conducted thru the downtown streets. In addition to the Scouts, others in the parade will be officials of the state, county and city.
Many of these statues have been placed in various cities thruout the United States. However, this is the first one to be erected in Wyoming, Eads stated.
This replica of the famed original Statue of Liberty, which will be placed on a fountain base about five feet in height, was stamped out of sheet copper in 47 different pieces and then brazed together.
The $300 for the statue, which actually cost $5,000 to build, was raised thru contributions made by individual Scouts as well as the various troops in Cheyenne.
Serving on the dedication committee are Carleton A. Lathrop, chairman, and R. D. Hanesworth. Jim Farris is chairman of the camping and activities committee of Cheyenne Scouts.
The copper figure will be erected on the Capitol grounds in connection with the Scouts' 40th anniversary crusade to "strengthen the arm of liberty."
More than 1,000 Scouts, city, county, and state officials, and American Legion, army, senior and junior high bands will take part in the parade. The duplicate Liberty Bell to be used in the Independence Bond Drive will be exhibited.
The group will leave 24th and Carey at 2:15. The parade route will be south on Carey to 17th, East on 17th to Capitol, north on Capitol to the Capitol building.
The review will be made up of four sections.
All organizations are to be in their positions at 1:30. All Cub Scouts, the army band and the Liberty Bell will form at 20th and Capitol; the Junior high school band at 20th and Carey; all Boy Scouts and Senior Scouts at 21st and Capitol; the senior high school band at 21st and Carey; the Scouters at 22nd and Carey; the Air Squad, Explorer Scouts, city and county officials and American Legion drum corps at 24th and Carey; state officials and Warren base staff car at 24th and Capitol.
Dr. Gale W. McGee of the University of Wyoming will be the guest speaker at the dedication. His topic will be "Miss Liberty of 1949."
Chairman of the dedication committee is Carlton A. Lathrop.
Route of the parade, which will begin at 2 o'clock, is south on Carey from 24th street to 17th street, east on 17th to Capitol avenue, north on Capitol avenue to the capitol.
Appearing in the parade will be members of the three divisions of local Scout troops, state, county and city officials, senior high school band, McCormick junior high school band and the American Legion's Drum and Bugle corps.
The eight-foot, four-inch replica of the famed Statue of Liberty was bought by Cheyenne Boy Scouts as part of the organization's national 40th anniversary crusade to "strengthen the arm of liberty."
Guest speaker at the ceremonies, which will begin at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, will be Dr. Gale W. McGee, professor of political science at the University of Wyoming. His topic will be "Miss Liberty of 1950."
Willits A. Brewster, Laramie County chairman of the U.S. Savings bond program, announced yesterday that an exact replica of the famed emblem of American Independence will arrive in the city tomorrow and that its thrilling, vibrant voice will be heard on Saturday afternoon.
"Its message, like that of the original bell of 1776, is one of Independence," Brewster said. "It will urge the people of Laramie County and Wyoming to 'Save for our Independence--Buy U.S. Savings Bonds'."
The bell will make its first public appearance in the state at a parade through Cheyenne's streets starting at 2:15 p.m., and will be rung by one of the city's outstanding Boy Scouts at a ceremony at the capitol grounds immediately following the parade. Also at the ceremony Cheyenne Boy Scouts will dedicate a replica of the Statue of Liberty in observance of the 40th anniversary of their organization.
Fred W. Marble, state Savings bond chairman, will speak on the Independence Bond drive, and guest speaker of the afternoon will be Dr. Gale W. McGee of the University of Wyoming.
The Liberty bell which will visit Cheyenne this weekend is one of 52 which are touring the nation in connection with the 1950 bond drive. They are exact duplicates of the original bell which hangs in Independence hall in Philadelphia and their tone is the same as that of the original bell before it cracked in 1835. Cast in Annecy, France, according to the detailed specifications of Dr. Arthur Bigelow, bellmaster of Princeton university, they were donated to the drive by six of the great copper companies of America. They are traveling on specially constructed trucks contributed by the Ford Motor Co.
Driving the Wyoming bell on its tour of the state, during which it will visit 28 towns, is Walter Albertson of Cheyenne, whose services are being donated by the Gallagher Transfer and Storage Co., of which he is an employee. Albertson called for the bell in New York and has driven it cross country to Wyoming. At the conclusion of its trip it will be put on permanent display in Cheyenne, the county chairman said.
The statue, valued at $300, was purchased from Scout funds and will be dedicated as a part of the Scout's national 40th anniversary crusade to "strengthen the arm of liberty." Local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Senior Scouts will take part in the program.
Another feature of the program will be the first public appearance of the Wyoming Liberty bell which will tour the state in connection with the 1950 U. S. Savings Bond Independence drive. An exact replica of the original bell which pealed out the news of American Independence in 1776, the bell will be rung at the ceremony by one of the Cheyenne Boy Scouts who has been selected to attend the Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge this summer. State Bond Chairman Fred W. Marble will speak on the drive, and also present at the program will be Willits Brewster, county bond chairman.
The parade will leave the starting point at 24th and Carey at 2:15 and will wind up in front of the Capitol for dedication ceremonies at 2:45. The statue will be erected on the Capitol grounds.
State, county and city officials; American Legion, Warren Air base, junior high school, and senior high school bands; and all Cheyenne Scouts will take part in the parade. The duplicate Liberty bell, to be used as a symbol of the Independence Bond drive, will be shown in Cheyenne for the first time.
Dr. Dale W. McGee of the University of Wyoming will give the dedication speech with his topic "Miss Liberty, 1950."
Eagle Scout Don Cluxton will present the statue and acceptance will be made by Governor Crane and City Commissioner Edward Gowdy. Rev. Claire Hoyt, pastor of the First Methodist church, will give the invocation and benediction.
Other officials to be on the platform are State Auditor E. T. Copenhaver, State Treasurer C. J. Rogers, Col. Paul of Warren, County Assessor Ralph McFarland, County Clerk Lester Gopp, County Commissioner Hap Anderson, and City Commissioner Art Trout.
Scout officials who will be present are Don Kenny, Elmer Ogren, Ted Lloyd, O. H. Price, Don Davis and Carl Gerlich.
Speakers at the dedication, attended by a large crowd, were Dr. Gale W. McGee of the University of Wyoming, Gov. A. G. Crane and City Commissioner Edward Gowdy.
Eagle Scout Don Cluxton presented the statue, valued at $300, and Governor Crane, according to an acceptance speech prepared for the occasion, said "This should be a proud day for Wyoming. First, there are patriotic citizens who voluntarily give of their time to guide and direct the Scouts of Cheyenne and vicinity. Secondly, there are youthful citizens faithfully following the Scout oath. Thirdly, they have chosen the objective for the year "Strengthen the Arm of Liberty."
"In these chaotic times, both here and worldwide, liberty is menaced. Groups like these Scouts are defenders of liberty. In truth, America is doomed unless her citizens rally to strengthen the arm of liberty. It is my privilege to accept this beautiful replica of the great statue which so magnificently welcomes the world to this free land. For years to come this statue shall remind generations of citizens of the liberties which they enjoy and that liberty can only be preserved by patriotic effort.
"In behalf of the people of Wyoming, I accept your memento as a lasting memorial of your love and loyalty to America."
An added feature of the dedication program was the first public appearance of the Wyoming Liberty Bell which will tour the state in connection with the 1950 U.S. saving's bond drive. The bell was rung during the ceremony by one of the Cheyenne Scouts.