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Clean up continues at the Lincoln Memorial

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It's an interesting time to be a tourist in D.C. Visitors' photos of the Washington Monument include scaffolding, but at least the earthquake repairs are the result of Mother Nature.

The images they're snapping of the Lincoln Memorial are more upsetting, since the green paint on the structure appears to be the result of vandalism.

Cleanup crews were called in on Saturday to continue work on the memorial, but the splatters of green paint are still quite visible on Lincoln's legs, chair, and particularly the base of the statue.

The National Park Service says the team will be back out on Monday and that the damage to the marble is not permanent. While the memorial has been reopened to the public, a barrier still prevents the crowds from getting up close.

"Everyone wants to know why it would happen, and who did it," says Alec Thomas of Pittsburgh, who is visiting D.C. for the first time. Joan Mandala of New York calls it terrible, saying, "This is such a beautiful monument. It represents so many wonderful things. This is un-American, that's what this is."

Security cameras are posted around the monument and there is one just above the statue itself. The footage from Friday morning is being reviewed to help identify possible suspects, but a U.S. Park Police spokesperson says it won't be released to the public while the investigation is ongoing.

According to the U.S. National Park Service the green substance appears to be latex paint. The cleanup crews are taking their time to make sure it's removed carefully without any damage to the structure. The hope is to have it completed early next week.

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