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Supreme Court Will Likely Decide the Fate of this Massive Cross in California

Supreme Court Will Likely Decide the Fate of this Massive Cross in California

This week, a federal judge in San Diego ruled that a 29-foot cross and veterans memorial that has stood on California’s Mount Soledad since 1954 is unconstitutional. Residents shouldn’t expect the cross to be moved anytime soon though—the case may be heard by the Supreme Court, who initially rejected it, saying they were waiting for a final lower court ruling. After an appeals process, the nation’s highest court will get their chance to rule. The cross, which can be seen from a nearby interstate and sits on federally-owned land, has been the subject of lawsuits challenging its constitutionality for years. A director at the ACLU, who is part of the lawsuit along with some locals and the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, said in a statement, “We support the government paying tribute to those who served bravely in our country’s armed forces. But we should honor all of our heroes under one flag, not just one particular religious symbol.” A local congressman who supports the monument said, “The Mount Soledad War Memorial and the landmark cross honor the veterans in the same vein as crosses that mark the grave sites of soldiers entombed at Arlington National Cemetery and other U.S. veterans cemeteries worldwide” …

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