PHOTOS: Revolutionary War monument has significant lightning damage
The figure called 'Liberty' that sits atop Yorktown's Victory Monument has sustained significant damage from lightning strikes. Photo courtesy Park Ranger Roger Wayne Green, National Parks Service
The figure called 'Liberty' that sits atop Yorktown's Victory Monument has sustained significant damage from lightning strikes. Officials are now looking at repairing or replacing the statue. It has already previously been replaced once before.
The original 'Liberty" figure was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1942, according to the National Parks Service. The current statue sitting atop the monument was constructed in the 1950s.
Superintendent Kym Hall with the Colonial National Historical Park says a damaged hand was removed from the figure about a year and a half ago. But Hall says it appears there is more damage than originally thought.
The monument is more than 100 years old and commemorates the Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.
The monument also features 13 women, dancing hand-in-hand to represent the unity of the original 13 colonies.