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Washington Monument reopens to fanfare after 2011 quake

It was with fanfare and patriotism that the Washington Monument reopened on Monday. The iconic structure, a symbol of the nation's capitol, was closed for nearly three years to repair earthquake damage. The marble and granite tower, the tallest structure in Washington, was praised during the reopening ceremony as a symbol of American freedom and principles. SOUNDBITE: INTERIOR SECRETARY SALLY JEWELL SAYING: "Today is about celebrating the reopening of the Washington Monument and the great partnerships and individuals that made this day possible. But to me, it's about celebrating the everyday heroes who may not have a monument but would make George Washington very proud of this country today." The 5.8 magnitude quake in August 2011 shook the 555-foot structure and sent visitors scrambling from its observation deck. For months, the monument to George Washington was shrouded in scaffolding as workers carried out the $15 million repair. Then finall

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