New Tomb of the Unknown Marble

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new slab of white marble found by a Colorado Quarry may be suitable to replace the cracked Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The 118,000 pound block has been cut from the Yule Marble Quarry, located about 100 miles southwest of Denver. The quarry supplied the marble for the original memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

But there are questions over whether the tomb should be replaced or repaired because of government purchasing rules.

A 1990 study recommended replacing the tomb because of two horizontal cracks that appeared in the 1940s and spread. But the Virginia Historical Society and national historic preservation societies still haven't determined whether replacing old marble would violate preservation rules.

The tomb is made from seven pieces of Colorado-quarried marble, weighing in at a combined 79 tones. It was completed in 1932 at a cost of 48-thousand dollars.

It honors troops killed in America's wars whose bodies were never identified. It's guarded around-the-clock by soldiers of the Army's Third Infantry Regiment.

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