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Melania Trump on reopened Washington Monument: ‘We need to preserve all of our national treasures for generations to come’

Melania Trump on reopened Washington Monument: ‘We need to preserve all of our national treasures for generations to come’

First Lady Melania Trump cut the ribbon on Thursday, Sept. 19, as the Washington Monument opened its doors to the public for the first time in three years.

The 555-foot stone obelisk closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems.

Accompanied by a group of local fourth-graders, Melania Trump took the new high-speed elevator to the near-top observation floor, offering a commanding 360-degree view of the entire Columbia District.

She shared on the fan page, “It is wonderful to see the Washington Monument shine again. Thank you to the National Park Service for the care you give our many national treasure.”

For most of the last eight years, the monument has been closed off and on. An earthquake in August 2011 caused splits in the rocks close to the roof of the obelisk. It restarted in 2014, but after a number of elevator breakdowns National Park Service authorities were compelled to close it again two years ago.

“This is one of the most distinctive buildings in the world and one of the signature attractions of any visit to Washington,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of the National Mall for the National Park Service. “So we really didn’t want to close it. We kept putting Band-Aids on, but eventually we had no choice.”

 

First Lady Melania Trump at the Washington Monument

After three years of renovations, the Washington Monument is open! Thank you to all who supported the project. We need to preserve all of our national treasures for generations to come.

Опубликовано First Lady Melania Trump Четверг, 19 сентября 2019 г.

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