The Statue of Liberty, formally known as Liberty Enlightening the World, turned 125 on Friday.

Standing 151 feet tall in New York Harbor atop a 150-foot pedestal since its Oct. 28, 1886, dedication, Lady Liberty welcomed immigrants sailing to a foreign country and new life, has been an icon of freedom and democracy and even saved New York City from paranormal destruction at the end of Ghostbusters II.

The statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi, inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye's remark 1865 that any monument in honor of American independence should be supported by people of France and the U.S.

France's gift greets throngs of commuters and tourists on the Staten Island Ferry, towers over dignitaries during ceremonies and can be found on everything from dollar-store tchotchkes to works of art.