It’s getting harder for people who still refer to the airport on the other side of the Potomac River as “National” instead of its official moniker, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The Associated Press reports that a bronze likeness of the Gipper will be installed on a patch of land in front of the airport’s Terminal A.
The presence of the 40th president’s likeness will serve a reminder to detractors of the decision to rename the airport in 1998, many of whom still use the old name in protest.
According to the AP, “the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has inked a deal with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National and Dulles International Airport,” that will put a statue there by 2011.
Tributes to Reagan abound: Another statue depicting him arrived in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall last year, where he bumped another Californian, preacher and slavery opponent Thomas Starr King. And efforts are under way to name a mountain peak in his honor.
Oh, and there’s that little federal building downtown, too.
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