Tomb of Unknowns to be repaired, not replaced

By William H. McMichael – Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jun 26, 2009 15:16:14 EDT

The Army Corps of Engineers and Arlington National Cemetery have decided to repair the Tomb of the Unknowns rather than build a replacement, Sen. Jim Webb announced Friday.  Webb, D-Va., and Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, said they “applauded the decision” to repair visible cracks and other wear and tear on the white marble sarcophagus, according to a press release from Webb’s office. Unknown war dead from the nation’s 20th century wars are interred or honored in the Tomb, which also honors all U.S. troops who do not return from battle. The cracks now measure nearly 48 feet in combined length, according to a September 2008 Army report spurred by a Webb-Akaka amendment to the fiscal 2008 defense spending bill. The report analyzed alternatives to address the cracking problem. The cracks are still repairable, the Army found, although it also considered replacement.


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