Melania Trump to attend reopening of Washington Monument
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE plans to be on hand for the reopening of the Washington Monument.

The iconic landmark in the nation's capital is poised to open to the public on Sep. 19. The obelisk, which first opened in 1888, had been closed for more than three years — well before President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE won office — for upgrades.


The first lady is set to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the National Park Service on Thursday, her press office announced Friday. Trump will also embark on a ceremonial ride to the top of the 555-foot tall structure.

The monument has faced multiple repairs over the years, including after it suffered significant damage following a 2011 earthquake in Virginia. The latest repairs were to modernize its elevator system and to create a new security screening facility.