The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest predominantly stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 711⁄32 inches (169.046 m) tall according to the U.S. National Geodetic Survey or 555 feet 51⁄8 inches (169.294 m) tall according to the National Park Service. It is the tallest monumental column in the world if all are measured above their pedestrian entrances. Overtaking the Cologne Cathedral, it was the tallest structure in the world between 1884 and 1889, after which it was overtaken by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
From honors for climate activist Greta Thunberg to the re-opening of the Washington Monument, "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports. CBS News - Published
An elevator inside the Washington Monument briefly broke down Saturday. The malfunction comes days after the landmark reopened to the public after three years of being closed for renovations. CBS News'.. CBS News - Published
One of America's most cherished landmarks, the Washington Monument, is finally expected to reopen after years. CBS News got a sneak peak. Major Garrett reports. CBS News - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com
An annual Fourth of July concert was held on the U.S. Capitol lawn, with numerous performers and the National Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture as fireworks began at dusk near.. USATODAY.com - Published