Crowds swarm Washington Monument reopening

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 5:10 a.m.

Visitors line up for tickets which are distributed at on a first-come basis at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, 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. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON -- After three years of repairs, the Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday with some visible bruises, as thousands gathered to celebrate the restoration of the capital's tallest monument.

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