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After $15M in repairs, Washington Monument Reopens

National Park Service reopens iconic monument nearly three years after August 2011 earthquake.

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The Washington Monument reopened to the public on Monday, May 12, 2014. The monument was closed since August 2011, when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Washington, D.C. region and damaged the monument.

Repairs cost $15 million, with Congress allocating $7.5 million and David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, donating the remaining $7.5 million.

Dignitaries gathered on the Mall on Monday to cut the ribbon and proclaim the monument officially open.

TODAY Show Co-anchor Al Roker was the master of ceremonies, and Candice Glover, the 2013 winner of "American Idol," sang "America the Beautiful."
Other musical entertainment was provided by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band; The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps; and the Washington National Cathedral Choir.

Here, Roker hangs out with the Washington Monument mascot, before the start of the ceremony.

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Dignitaries cut the ribbon on Monday, May 12, 2014, to officially reopen the Washington Monument after its $15 million renovation. From left are David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group; Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service; Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; John Podesta, counselor to the President; and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

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Following the reopening ceremony, David Rubenstein, right, co-founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, talks to the press who were gathered at the foot of the Washington Monument.

Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to match the funds Congress allocated to the renovation of the monument after it was damaged by the Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake that shook the D.C. area.

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Listen to David Rubenstein talk about "patriotic philanthropy."

 

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On Aug. 23, 2011, the Washington Monument was damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the Washington, D.C., region. After $15 million in repairs, the monument reopened to the public on Monday, May 12, 2014.

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The Washington Monument reopened to the public on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. Earlier in the day, dignitaries conducted a reopening ceremony nearby on the National Mall.

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The detailed tile work and statue to President George Washington still greet visitors as they enter the monument.

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A large bust of George Washington adorns the entrance to the Washington Monument

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The National Parks' James Perry talks about the process of filling and stabilizing cracks the monument suffered during the earthquake.

The crack on the right of the picture can be seen in the northeast stairwell of the observation deck.

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A saddle anchor secures a portion of the obelisk near the south facing window on the Observation deck.

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A view our the north window of the Washington Monument shows the White House.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Counselor Podesta share a laugh Monday, May 12, 2014, before the start of the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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Listen to audio of John Podesta speaking at the Reopening Ceremony.

 

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Members of the Armed Forces Color Guard of the Military District of Washington line up before the start of the May 12, 2014, Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band entertains the crowd gathering for the May 12, 2014, Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony. The band also played the national anthem during the ceremony.

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The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band entertains the crowd gathering for the May 12, 2014, Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony. The band also played the national anthem during the ceremony.

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Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, scans the crowd Monday, May 12, 2014, during the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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Listen to Jonathan Jarvis talk about the reopening of the Washington Monument.

 

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The Washington Monument mascot gives the May 12, 2014, reopening of the real monument a double thumbs up.

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Visitors to the Washington Monument obtain tickets for later in the day. The May 12, 2014, was the first day visitors could go up in the Washington Monument after the Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake caused $15 million in damages.

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Crowds gathered to listen to the dignitaries speak and the musicians perform Monday, May 12, 2014, during the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Robert A. Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, welcomes the crowd on Monday, May 12, 2014, to the reopening of the Washington Monument.

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Al Roker, co-anchor of the TODAY Show, serves as master of ceremonies for the May 12, 2014, Washington Monument Reopening on the National Mall.

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A member of the Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington stands at attention during the Presentation of the Colors on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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Fourth-grade students from Aiton Elementary School of Washington, D.C., talk about the history behind the Washington Monument, during the Reopening Ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell smiles Monday, May 12, 2014, as she listens to a presentation by fourth-grade students from Aiton Elementary School of Washington, D.C. Jewell was there to speak at the Reopening Ceremony for the Washington Monument.

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Crowds gathered to listen to the dignitaries speak and the musicians perform Monday, May 12, 2014, during the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Candice Glover, the 2013 winner of 'American Idol,' sings 'America the Beautiful,' during the Monday, May 12, 2014, Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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Listen to a clip of Candice Glover singing "America the Beautiful."

 

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A close-up of one of the bugle players in the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, which performed Monday, May 14, 2014, at the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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A close-up of one of the fife players in the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, which performed Monday, May 14, 2014, at the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps perform Monday, May 14, 2014, at the Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony.

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The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps leads the crowd up to the newly reopened Washington Monument on Monday, May 12, 2014.

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The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service reopened the Washington Monument to visitors on Monday, May 12, 2014. This is the first time the monument has been open to the public since it was closed following the Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake, which damaged the structure.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, right, looks out the east window at the top of the Washington Monument, following the May 12, 2014, reopening ceremony. Dignitaries, ceremony participants and Wounded Warriors were among the first visitors to the newly reopened monument.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, right, welcomes fourth-graders from Aiton Elementary School in Washington, D.C., to the newly reopened Washington Monument

The students took part in the reopening ceremony, giving a history lesson on the monument. Afterwards, they were among the first to ride the elevator up to the top.

(Interior Department Photo)
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