Fix it or Replace it? ... Which would you say to do?

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    Tomb of the Unknowns caught in battle

    Story Highlights

    Debate centers on whether to fix cracks on Tomb of Unknowns or replace it

    Repairing it would cost an estimated $65,000; replacing it would cost $2.2 million

    Cemetery officials want a replica structure; say cheap fixes won't preserve it

    Preservationists say a replica would crack over time, just like the current one

    Notice how at 1:12 the guy speaking about guards tailoring their underwear so that there wouldnt be a "bulge" showing, changes it to "wrinkle" showing ... icon_lol.gif

    Also, does the first guy seen speaking resemble zdrew?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 27, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    I would say based on facts given: Keep it in good repair, monitor it as is and make repairs as required in a prudent manner.
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    Aug 27, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    We have to understand why the cracks are happening first before replacing it with a replica or tying to do a patch job. Are there foundation problems which are causing settling and hence the cracks or is it a problem with this particular piece of marble?

    I second the opinion of the National Trust - repair the existing monument and do it properly.
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    Aug 27, 2008 6:22 PM GMT
    I live in Virginia, where you can't spit without hitting something historical. So maybe I have a different scale by which I judge historical. ..But I am not blown away by the historicity of this block of marble.

    I would want to know more about what the efficacy of the repairs/renovations would be in preserving the current sacrophagus. If the repairs are really just going to be cosmetic and the deterioration is just going to go on and on, then I would say, let it go and get a new block of marble. It's not like this block of marble is didnt come over on the Mayflower* ....George Washington didnt tap this one into place. It is just a block of marble. Yes, a new block of marble would eventually deteriorate, too. But this one lasted 70+ years. So the next one would probably, too. So every 3 generations you have to replace the sarcophagus.

    In fact if one wanted to really get all puffed up about historical preservation, this isnt the original monument either. It is a replacement.

    *Oops, I am from Virginia, so I should say this block of marble "...didnt come over on the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, or the Discovery."
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    Aug 27, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    If honored as such a historical monument entombing those who have served our country, wouldn't it be best to make repairs rather than build a replica and disturb those already laid to rest? Regardless, I can't see building a replica costing the American tax payer $2.2 million dollars.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 27, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    Repair it.

    We in the US are far to quick to dispose of things.