Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cold Marble with Black Letters

Granite Industries in Barre, VT gets a third of its business from the United States Government.

They cut the marble headstones for veterans buried in Arlington and other national cemeteries.

The latest increase in headstones reflects the mounting losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some are for WW II, Korean War and Vietnam vets. But daily there are new stones for young men and women.

The company turns out more than 100 gravestones for veterans every day. Its an important but sad job.

The losses continue to mount.

As of right now there are 3469 Americans dead and 25,549 Americans wounded. There are untold numbers of Iraqi civilians dead.

"If we don't fight them there... they'll come here."

More stones come off the line...

“And the beat goes on…”

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