Army Probes Sale of Arlington Cemetery Urns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army is investigating how 9-foot-tall,
decorative marble urns that once flanked the stage of Arlington
National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater ended up on a private
auction block.

An Alexandria auction house is planning to sell two decorative
urns and 14 marble balusters that once stood in the amphitheater
next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The urns were apparently removed from the cemetery during a
1990s renovation. Since 1997 they have been at a Maryland antiques
shop, but the shop owner is closing the store and auctioning its
inventory. He says he bought the urns from the company that
renovated the amphitheater, replaced the urns and took away the
originals.

After learning of the sale from The Washington Post, the Army on
Friday asked The Potomack Company to halt the urns' auction.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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