MY HERO SINCE 1955 wrote:
My family was there in 1972, or '73. The gravestone looks renewed to me? Much darker lettering than I can remember.
Hats off to a top 5 all-time American patriot. Right there with Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, in my eyes!
The marker does look new. When we were there it was barely readable. I'm glad it's either new or cleaned. All the hero's deserve that dignity.
Resurrecting an old post, but I have been told and recently confirmed it that Arlington only replaces headstones on two occasions.
The first is if a name has to be added to the headstone. The second is if the original was damaged and could not be restored.
What the staff does all the time is steam clean the stones and it brings back the original finish.
This apparently is done periodically, I assume by section.
But they never replace headstones unless again they have to add a name (joint burial at a later date) or for example storm damage. The original headstone is then destroyed.