9-foot-tall Reagan Statue Unveiled
November 3, 2011 by staff
9-foot-tall Reagan Statue Unveiled, Thirteen years after the Reagan National Airport was renamed after the 40th president of the nation, a statue of Ronald Reagan announced on Tuesday at the entrance of Terminal A.
Standing three meters tall, the bronze statue shows Reagan with a peaceful demonstration over a slight smile. He is dressed in a suit, taking a small step with left leg. The inauguration was made by the Reagan Presidential Foundation.
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“It is particularly appropriate for our tribute to our 40th president takes place this year, the year of its 100th anniversary,” said Frederick Ryan, president of the foundation board of directors. “It’s one of the many great ceremonies and events that have taken place across the United States and other countries as part of the centennial celebration of Reagan.”
In 1998, Congress passed and President Clinton signed legislation that renamed the National Airport Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Among the dignitaries attending the inauguration, which was also attended by some 100 supporters of Reagan Foundation, was former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who served as Secretary of Transportation from 1983 to 1987. He praised his former boss to lead the effort to remove the airport from the federal government control.
“It was many years ago in 1984 when we launched the project with many people saying he could not do. There were eight efforts since 1948 to discuss the transfer of only two airports in the United States were carried out by the government federal, to try to move to a regional authority, “said Dole.
The airport is managed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Current Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was also present. After a brief outdoor ceremony, forcing the closure of a main road to Terminal A, the participants moved into a lunch which celebrates the legacy of Reagan.
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