The sun is seen through the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument at the 231-foot level, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Washington. The monument has been closed since the 2011 earth

 

              The sun is seen through the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument at the 231-foot level, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Washington. The monument has been closed since the 2011 earth
The sun is seen through the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument at the 231-foot level, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Washington. The monument has been closed since the 2011 earthquake and half of the needed repairs have been funded by a $7.5 million donation from philanthropist David Rubenstein. The Associated Press had a look at some of the worst damage and the preparations underway to begin making repairs. Stone by stone, engineers are reviewing cracks, missing pieces and broken mortar now that huge scaffolding has been built around the towering symbol of the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)