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A climber was caught on camera scaling Arlington, Virginia’s 270 feet-foot tall Air Force Memorial, and the video has gone viral.
“BREAKING – Someone is spotted climbing the Air Force Memorial in Arlington,”Insider Paper wrote on Twitter.
The footage appears to be a random person climbing near the top of one of the 270-foot spires. As shocking as it must be to see a random person who has enough guts to scale such an intimidating climb, law enforcement later confirmed who the suspect was.
An Arlington Police Department officer later confirmed that the person at the top of the memorial was a maintenance worker.
He was apparently up there doing repairs on the structure and if you zoom in on the video, you can tell the climber is wearing a safety helmet.
Authorities noted that they have scheduled maintenance that occurs two times every ten years to make sure the integrity of the monument stays sound.
Mystery SOLVED! It only happens twice every decade. These fellows are AMAZING free climbers. pic.twitter.com/fIQeQO0RkQ
— Peter Doran (@PeterBDoran) November 10, 2021
The first video blew up on Monday morning around 10:30am after a former VA Republican candidate Peter Doran uploaded the video saying, “Someone is climbing the Air Force Memorial in Arlington.”
They later updated their followers with saying, “Now on their way down. Nice day for a climb, however.”
The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service of the personnel of the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations.
The beginning of its creation started back in 1992 but it was physically built in February of 2006 and took about seven months to be completed. The memorial was dedicated on October 14, 2006, with about 30,000 people attending.