The obelisk that has been a main attraction on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall for 130 years and the beverage traditionally served in an hourglass bottle are both iconic American symbols. They have delighted Americans and visitors from all over the world since the late 1800’s. Construction of the monument was completed in 1884, and just two years later Dr. John Stith Pemberton invented Coca-Cola.
It was with a sense of national pride, therefore, that
Coca-Cola came together with long-time partners Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service to
make the reopening of D.C.’s centerpiece a special occasion. Guests enjoyed
refreshing DASANI water on an uncharacteristically warm spring day and learned
about recycling with the help of an interactive exhibit that included games,
videos and prizes.
Al Roker, TODAY show weather anchor and author, got the crowd going as the event’s master of ceremonies, with help from American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover. He was joined by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, philanthropist David Rubenstein, and National Mall & Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel.
The monument restoration would not have been possible without the generosity of David Rubenstein, who donated $7.5 million to match the funds allocated by Congress to repair the monument. To see all the hard work that went into restoring D.C.’s centerpiece to its former glory, check out this slideshow from photographer Colin Winterbottom.
And if you couldn’t make it to the Washington Monument
reopening, the Trust for the National Mall still wants to bring a family of
four to Washington, D.C. for the Fourth of July! To enter, visit
monumental4th.org and answer, “What does the National Mall mean to you?”
And if you couldn’t make it to the Washington Monument reopening, the Trust for the National Mall still wants to bring a family of four to Washington, D.C. for the Fourth of July! To enter, visit monumental4th.org and answer, “What does the National Mall mean to you?”