Reagan Statute Unveiled at D.C. Airport

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A nine-foot statue of former President Ronald Reagan was unveiled Tuesday to greet travelers at Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport.

Ten years ago, the old National Airport in D.C. was renamed by congressional legislation to honor Reagan.

The statue is a part of the centennial celebration of his birth.

The monument cost about $900,000 and was paid for with funds 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.

Reagan's former transportation secretary and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole spoke at the statute's unveiling about the former president's transportation legacy.

"President Reagan was a great sponsor of what we were doing. Because while he was for economic deregulation, as were we, he understood there were some areas where we needed additional regulation, where the safety of the traveling public is concerned," she said.

Many transportation laws went into effect when Reagan was in office, including seat belt laws, air bags in cars, and the drinking age was set at age 21.

Together, those laws are estimated to have saved more than 360,000 lives.

Check out the CBN News Facebook page for a photo of the Reagan statue, taken Tuesday by the CBN News Washington D.C. Bureau.  

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