9-Foot Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled at National Airport

Bronze statue cost about $900,000

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:10 PM EDT
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A 9-foot statue honoring Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at the airport that bears his name.

Jim Handly

A 9-foot statue honoring Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at the airport that bears his name.

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More than a decade after it was officially renamed, a nine-foot statue honoring Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at the airport that now bears his name.

The airport just outside the nation's capital has borne Reagan's name since 1998, following the passage of Congressional legislation that was opposed by some who were not enamored of Reagan's legacy.

The bronze statue cost about $900,000 and was paid for with money raised from private donors by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority also spent about $80,000 on site preparations.

Under the Reagan administration, control of the airport was transferred from the federal government to a regional board.

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