ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A man who wants to pay for repairing the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery is being stalled by U.S. bureaucracy.
It's been four years since retired car dealer John Haines of Glenwood Springs, Colo., offered $70,000 to replace cracked marble on the tomb and officials are still haggling over what to do, The Los Angeles Times says.
Haines offered to foot the bill as an act of patriotism and generosity after reading in a local newspaper a Colorado firm that supplied the original marble for the tomb had been asked to search for a replacement stone.
But now, after a block of marble has been quarried for the replacement and the money set aside to pay for it, officials are uncertain whether the tomb should be repaired at all.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources wants to retain the cracked original block of marble while others favor replacing it.
Cemetery Superintendent John C. Metzler Jr. is to announce his decision this week.