There are two long, horizontal cracks in the Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns Monument. Cemetery administrators are considering repair or replacement.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, on their Web site, has taken the stance that repair is the only logical option, saying that fault lines are natural, the cracks are cosmetic, and ongoing repair and changes in cleaning techniques will suffice to maintain the 75-year-old monument.
The cemetery administration report, which stresses that the interment of the unknown soldiers will not be disturbed in any way, offers four options: do nothing, repair the tomb monument, repair the monument while procuring a replacement stone, or replace the monument. They will hand down their decision September 30.
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