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Christopher Barry hugs his father, former Mayor Marion Barry, after they made remarks at the funeral for Effi Barry at the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest on Sept. 14, 2007 (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

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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)