Colorado marble to still be used for ‘Unknowns’

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If the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is replaced, it will still be made from Colorado marble.

The tomb has several cracks, which cemetery superintendent John Metzler said eventually will give the tomb a “shabby” appearance.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is aghast over the proposal to junk the Tomb of the Unknowns and replace it.

Either way, though, Colorado’s contribution of marble will remain.

The current tomb was carved from a single 82-ton block of marble from quarries in Marble, Colorado.

Those quarries, which are still in limited operation, would furnish the stone for any replacement monument, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.