Melania Trump to attend reopening of Washington Monument
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhy we cherish — and guard — the White House gingerbread house The Hill's 12:30 Report: Job growth soars in November Impeachment hearing didn't go as Chairman Nadler planned 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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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.