Monument To Reopen After Earthquake Repairs
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[May 12, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
Washington Monument, long a landmark on the U.S. capital's skyline, will
reopen on Monday after being closed for repairs for almost three years
after it was damaged in an earthquake.
The 555-foot-high (170-metre) marble and granite obelisk sustained
cracks, loosened stones and lost mortar during a 5.8-magnitude
earthquake in August 2011. The worst damage was at the top of the
A reopening ceremony will be hosted by NBC "Today" show weatherman
Al Roker. It will include remarks by Secretary of the Interior Sally
Jewell and other officials, the National Park Service said in a
Music will be provided by "American Idol" winner Candice Glover, the
Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Navy Band and a children's
Congress appropriated $7.5 million to repair the earthquake damage.
The amount was matched by billionaire David Rubenstein, a Washington
The monument will be open for public touring after the ceremony, the
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The monument to the first U.S. president, George Washington, was
completed in 1884. It receives about 600,000 visitors a year.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Peter
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