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Vistors to the Mall (from left) Andy Dimitriou of Chicago, Judy Franklin of Las Vegas and her sister Janice Hoffman of Chicago, and Michael Franklin of Las Vegas walk up to a temporary barrier to get a closer look at the closed National Monument. as the National Park Service announces that Perini Management Services, Inc. of Framingham, Mass. will be the contractor tasked with repairing the earthquake damage to the Washington Monument at a press conference, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 26, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from right) and a Brazilian general pay their respects during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Monument for the Casualties of World War II in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from right) and a Brazilian general pay their respects during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Monument for the Casualties of World War II in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. (Associated Press)