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A man stands on the dugout and leads the crowd in a cheer. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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A cross is held and prepared for the procession. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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People hold hands during prayer. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Dr. Xernona Clayton, President & CEO Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., (left) and Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President, Washington D.C. Martin Luther KIng Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. (right) take part in the wreath-laying ceremony during the Fair Housing Month 2012 Wreath-Laying Ceremony for the 44th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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The crowd shares in a light moment during remarks about a funny story involving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Fair Housing Month 2012 Wreath-Laying Ceremony for the 44th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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B.J. Douglass, Senior Project Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, sings during the 44th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Dr. Xernona Clayton, President & CEO Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., (left) gets a hug from Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President, Washington D.C. Martin Luther KIng Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. (right) prior to the 2012 Wreath-Laying Ceremony for the 44th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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DeAndra Johnson Cullen Special Assistant Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), replaces a fallen rose on the wreath as people prepare for the Fair Housing Month 2012 Wreath-Laying Ceremony for the 44th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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ROD LAMKEY JR/THE WASHINGTON TIMES The Washington Monument, seen through barricades on the Mall, remains closed since August's earthquake. Design for repairs should last into midspring, when bidding will begin. Work will be paid with $15 million in federal and private funding.