On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The Statue of Liberty reopened Thursday, its grounds fully restored after $59 million worth of damage, caused by Superstorm Sandy, led to broken railings, docks, and paving stones, as well as damaged sewage pumps and electrical systems.
Visitors will be able to arrive via ferry boats once again to tour the landmark, and a ceremony today for its reopening will include secretary of the interior Sally Jewell, New Jersey senator Robert Menendez, and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Before its actual opening in 1886, it took a whole lot more than 8 months to get the statue ready for the public.