Tomb of the Unknowns: “We Do Not Discard Our National Treasures”

Posted on: July 7th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

Written by Robert Nieweg

As  I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, thanks to the timely intervention of thousands of Americans, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Congress, the authentic Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery will be restored beginning in September 2009.

In response to this good news, on June 26, 2009, Senator Jim Webb and Senator Daniel K. Akaka released a brief statement applauding the decision by Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore rather than replace the marble Tomb Monument.

In the statement Senator Webb observed that:

“This decision ensures that the historical integrity of this unique memorial will be preserved for future generations of Americans who visit the tomb to honor our men and women in uniform who gave their lives for our nation.”

Senator Akaka also stated:

“The commitment to restoring the authentic monument is consistent with the best of American traditions: We do not discard our national treasures. I applaud the Army and the Arlington National Cemetery for making the right decision, and thank my friend Jim Webb for his work on this issue.”

The good news about the restoration of the tomb monument is spreading slowly but surely through new media outlets like the,, and

Friends of the Tomb of the Unknowns who would like to thank our champions, Senator Akaka and Senator Webb, may use the addresses below:

Senator Jim Webb
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Daniel K. Akaka
141 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Robert Nieweg is the Director of the Southern Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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2 Responses

  1. HTS

    July 9, 2009

    The tomb should be replaced, because it cannot be repaired. A 1991 engineering report after a two year study concluded that the crack cannot be repaired, so Akaka and Webb are misleading the public into thinking that it can be repaired.

  2. HTS

    July 9, 2009

    This whole fiasco is unbelievable. Of course we should repair the tomb, if it can be repaired. But it can’t, and the crack will only grow larger. At the moment, it has a shabby appearance. What has happened is beaurocrats have roadblocked the effort by spewing out false information to the public, and blatantly ignoring an engineering study which concluded that THE TOMB CANNOT BE REPAIRED.