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Washington Monument Restoration Unveiled

Aired July 3, 2000 - 10:06 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, it's been around 112 years. So it is time for face lift for the Washington Monument. And $10 million later the job is done -- well, almost done. Today is the official unveiling just in time for the 4th of July.

Want to show you live pictures now from Washington, D.C. That is singer Amy Grant. She is getting ready to sing "America the Beautiful." And that is Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt standing behind her. Let's listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

AMY GRANT, SINGER: ... and everything that it meant, and respect and honor, our history, these are things that we pass down. They don't just appear magically to children. And it takes teaching, it takes example.

And now, at this age, I get up at 39, and try to sing a song like "America the Beautiful," and I told Lowell (ph), if I don't just sob my way through it, I'll be doing good. Because I think the older we get, we realize the immense sacrifice made for all of us to be able to stand and sit where we do right now in a free country, the most wonderful place on Earth. And I am just glad to have partnered with Target to be able to restore this wonderful monument to our founding father.

If you would like to stand during this song, feel free.

("AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL")

KAGAN: That was singer Amy Grant doing a fine job with "America the Beautiful," as they unveil the $10 million face lift on the Washington Monument.

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