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Steven Avila, a Department of Interior employee, wears a Washington Monument costume as he waves at photographers at the Washington Monument in Washington on Monday, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. The monument, which sustained damage from an earthquake in August 2011, is reopening to the public today. Avila made the costume to show his support for the re-opening of the monument.

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Washington Monument reopening after extensive repairs

WASHINGTON — More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen today for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage.

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