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Kevin Gover, the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, says he hopes the memorial becomes "a sacred place." Alan Karchmer/National Native American Veterans Memorial hide caption

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New Memorial Recognizes Generations Of Military Service By Native American Veterans

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The Washington Monument has undergone more than $10.7 million in repairs and renovations. The monument reopens on Sept. 19. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Our Long 3-Year Wait Is Over: The Washington Monument Reopens

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Demonstrators hold signs Feb. 19 during a "lie-in" protest supporting gun control reform near the White House. A gun control rally set for Washington on March 24 will be held on Pennsylvania Avenue, not on the National Mall as originally planned. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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Boys swim in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in 1926 despite the fact that it was forbidden. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Saturday. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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National Geodetic Survey crew members Roy Anderson, left, and Steve Breidenbach set up survey equipment used to measure the height of the Washington Monument. National Geodetic Survey/NOAA hide caption

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The man who set himself on fire Friday at the National Mall was John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J., police say. Constantino's family links the act to "a long battle with mental illness." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Police investigate the scene after a man set himself ablaze on the National Mall's lawn Friday afternoon in Washington, DC. The man did not survive his injuries, according to reports. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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