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Reagan statue graces namesake D.C. airport

In case you missed this news this month, Washington’s Reagan National Airport has a 9-foot statue of the president whose name graces the D.C. airport.

Politico writes, “The $900,000 statue is one of four privately funded statues endorsed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and placed on the centennial of his birth.”

The Associated Press adds a bit of historical context on adding Reagan’s name to what was previously known simply as Washington National Airport.

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AP writes, “Many D.C.-area residents resented the change when it was approved by Congress in 1998, and it seems the passage of 13 years has done little to soften people’s opinions.”

AP canvassed the airport to find fliers on both sides of the name-change debate. Perhaps not surprisingly, opinion appeared to break down according to political persuasion.

As for the Nov. 1 unveiling, Washington’s WAMU radio writes, “Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was present for the ceremony, as were Elizabeth Dole and James Burnley, who served as Transportation secretaries under Reagan.”

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