Future Unknown For Famous But Damaged Tomb

The Tomb of the Unknowns, a 70-year-old marble monument in Arlington National Cemetery, is showing its age. With cracks and damage, some are calling on officials to make repairs, but others say it's time for a new tomb.
August 29, 2008, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"On its most famous inscription -- 'Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God' -- a crack cuts diagonally across the words."

"Those scars are at the center of a debate: Should the memorial be fixed or replaced with a replica?"

"As the cracks worsen, cemetery officials say, the threat of a degraded monument will detract from the dignity and respect afforded to those buried at what many consider the nation's most sacred site. They would like an exact replica made with similar marble."

"Historical preservationists say it should not be replaced and that the cracks should simply be fixed as needed."

Thanks to Cate Miller

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Published on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 in CNN
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