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The Spires Are Up: All three of the Air Force Memorial’s stainless steel spires are in place, following completion of the last segment yesterday. All three spires still are clad in their protective blue plastic coverings, which officials say will come off within the next few weeks, in time for the official dedication, slated for Oct. 14. The tallest of the spires soars 270 feet high above the memorial, which sits on a promontory adjacent to Arlington Cemetery and overlooking the Pentagon.