Lighting Ceremony Set for Washington Monument

Monday, Jul 8, 2013  |  Updated 10:48 AM EDT
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Lighting Ceremony Set for Washington Monument

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A lighting ceremony for the Washington Monument is scheduled for Monday evening by the National Park Service.

The monument is under construction and is slated to reopen Spring 2014. A blue-gray "scrim" now covers the monument, which will be illuminated to make it look as though it's glowing in the dark.

The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Monday, July 8 on monument grounds.

The monument was damaged during a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August 2011. It has been closed ever since. Repairs are predicted to cost about $15 million.

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