Community leaves its mark on Unknowns |

Community leaves its mark on Unknowns

The town of Marble cut out a chunk of history for itself last week – a big chunk – and one in which all the residents of our little slice of Colorado should take pride.

The 191-ton piece of marble sliced from deep inside Treasure Mountain last week will eventually become the new headstone for the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

While the Tomb of the Unknowns is a national monument, a place to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, area residents will certainly leave their mark. And not just the one left by Glenwood Springs resident Janusz Obst, who is the sculpting supervisor for the project.

The Department of the Army planned to finance the new Tomb of the Unknowns, but John Haines believed the citizens of the country should have a hand in paying tribute to its fallen heroes.

The Glenwood Springs resident donated $31,000 to cover the cost of quarrying the largest of the stones. His action sparked others to follow suit, and the Marble Historical Society now accepts donations from others who want to help sponsor the project.

Sierra Minerals Corp., which owns the Colorado Yule Quarry, also offered to donate the first cap block.

Upon completion, the new Tomb of the Unknowns will be taken on a tour of small towns across the nation, giving other communities the opportunity to support veterans and donate to the cost of the Unknowns. After the tour it will settle on our nation’s most hallowed grounds at Arlington Cemetery.

People choose to live in the central Rockies for a number of different reasons – the mountains being most common.

The tomb came from the mountains of Colorado, but the groundswell of unsolicited support for the citizens to help fund the tomb that honors those who have died for the United States started in the hearts of our community. That’s why we stay here.

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