Tomb of the Unknowns caught in battle





he Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is at the center of combat between preservationists and cemetery officials.

The giant marble sarcophagus marking the location of four unknown U.S. service members from World War I to Vietnam has been battling the elements since it opened to the public in 1932. More than 70 years later, it is showing the scars, with cracks encircling it.

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?

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