Reagan Statue Unveiling Tuesday

Expect traffic delays near Reagan National

By John Wist
|  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 3:08 PM EDT
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A ceremony was held on Tuesday to dedicate a new statue of Ronald Reagan that will welcome fliers on their way into Reagan National airport.

A ceremony was held on Tuesday to dedicate a new statue of Ronald Reagan that will welcome fliers on their way into Reagan National airport.

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Travelers who use Reagan National Airport will now have a likeness of its namesake to greet them when they arrive for their flights. Tuesday, the airport unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan.

The nine-foot-tall, 900 pound statue was funded by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and stands in front of the entrance to Terminal A. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood and Elizabeth Dole, the transportation secretary under Reagan, will be on hand for the unveiling.

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.

The airport was named after President Reagan 13 years ago during President Clinton’s administration. Reagan National is still owned by the federal government, but President Reagan shifted the operation of the airport to the Washington Airports Authority during his administration.
 

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