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The Washington National Cathedral in D.C. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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At 7 p.m. on Friday, the Washington National Cathedral is hosting "Letters from War: A Tribute to Veterans," a tribute concert featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral Choir. (Associated Press)

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The Washington National Cathedral was vandalized last week when paint was splattered inside two chapels. D.C. police charged Jia M. Tian with defacing of property. (Associated Press)

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The Washington National Cathedral was vandalized last week when paint was splattered inside two chapels. D.C. police charged Jia M. Tian with defacing of property. (Associated Press)

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The musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock performs during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves early from a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool [cq], left, greets members of the South African Community Choir as they depart following a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool [cq] speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden leaves the podium after speaking during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, top left, watches from the audience as United States Vice President Joe Biden, second from right, leaves the podium after speaking during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A young girl looks around in the audience during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A young girl looks around in the audience during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz, right, watch as the American Flag is carried down the cathedral's center isle during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)