On December 6, 2002, the Reagan Building hosted the National Defense University Foundation American Patriot Awards. This award recognizes men and women of extraordinary excellence whose leadership has strengthened our nation. President George H. W. Bush’s selfless character, his love for his country, and his enduring contributions to the security of our nation and the peace of the world is what contributed to him receiving this award in 2002. Over 600 distinguished guests were present when Vice President Dick Cheney, Former U.S. Representative Sonny Montgomery, CIA Director George Tenet, and Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft handed the award to the President. White House photo by David Bohrer
Only July 5, 2002, the Ronald Reagan Building hosted an “Iron Chef” style competition on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The competition kicked off the summer concert series Live! which is held every day around noon. Iron Chef Chen Kenichi battled two local chefs in a competition based off the popular television show filmed in Japan. “Iron Chef” showcases chefs from across the globe battling Japan’s most skilled chefs in a head-to-head competition specializing in different food categories.
On June 2, 2001, the Reagan Building hosted the Race for the Cure on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Race for the Cure is one of the most successful fundraising event for breast cancer. There are a series of 5k runs and walks that raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. The Race celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who may have lost their battle with the disease.
From March 22 – July 18, 2001, the crew of the film “Minority Report” set out across Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. Minority Report is a 2002 American science-fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is set in the year 2054 where a department of ‘pre-crime’ is a specialized police department that seeks out criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics. The shot of the movie that shows the department of ‘pre-crime’ is set on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza of the Ronald Reagan Building. Photo by Movie District
On January 20, 2001, the Reagan Building hosted the official Inaugural Ball in the Atrium for the newly elected President George W. Bush. The inauguration marks the commencement of the first four year term of George W. Bush as President, and Dick Cheney as Vice President. Inaugural balls are vast social gatherings that are held to celebrate the commencement of a new term of the President of the United States.
On January 2, 1999, the Reagan Building hosted the inauguration of Mayor Anthony Williams. Williams was former D.C. Chief Financial Officer and was credited with guiding the city government out of a fiscal crisis. The oath of office was recited at 12:15pm in the Atrium as it was administered by D.C. Superior Court Judge Eugene N. Hamilton. The new mayor pledged to build an independent world-class city and that a new beginning was here.
On May 5, 1998 the Ronald Reagan Building opened as the first and only federal building dedicated to public and private use. It is used as a federal hub, platform for international trade, meeting place for businesses and a central location for tourism. President Clinton was joined on stage with former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Commerce Secretary William Daley and other dignitaries as he spoke about the structure that represented Reagan’s optimism and commitment to free trade and democracy.
On August 22nd, 1987 Ronald Reagan stated “I have signed S. 1550, the Federal Triangle Development Act. This legislation will permit completion of the development of the Federal Triangle in the District of Columbia through the construction of a building that will serve as Federal office space as well as house an international cultural and trade center.” A design for the building was picked in October 1989 and construction began shortly after.