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Washington Monument Reopening Ceremony May 12

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The Washington Monument stands on the National Mall at sunset. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Monument stands on the National Mall at sunset. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The National Park Service will hold an opening ceremony Monday to celebrate the reopening of the Washington Monument after years of repairs.

Al Roker, the TODAY show’s weather anchor, will serve as the master of ceremonies and will be joined by “American Idol” Season 12 winner Candice Glover. Also in attendance will be the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, the United States Navy Band, and the Boy and Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral Choir.

The 555-foot monument honoring America’s first president is reopening for the first time since Aug. 23, 2011 after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused significant damage to the structure and forced its closure.

The ceremony is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. Monday on the southwest grounds of the Washington Monument.

Public tours of the monument begin at 1 p.m. after the ceremony and tickets will be first come first serve beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are required for tours of the monument.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and philanthropist David Rubenstein, and National Mall & Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel will also attend the event.

The event is sponsored by Trust for the National Mall partner Coca-Cola.

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