A flag flies beneath the Washington Monument in Washington

 
A flag flies beneath the Washington Monument in Washington
A flag flies beneath the Washington Monument in Washington September 26, 2012. The National Park Service has awarded a $9.6 million contract to Perini Management Services, Inc. of Framingham, Massachusetts to repair damage to the Washington Monument caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Washington D.C. area in August of 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque