Judge Says Tear Down Famous Veterans’ Memorial Cross!

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from Liberty Institute,

On Thursday, a U.S. District Judge ruled for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that the nationally famous Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross overlooking San Diego, California must be torn down.

“The judge reluctantly agreed with a previous ruling by Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that this hallowed veterans Memorial must be removed,” said Hiram Sasser, Director of Litigation for Liberty Institute.

Sasser was present at the hearing. He said, “We are thankful, however, that the Judge allowed the Memorial to stand as the case is appealed. And we will appeal—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. And we are confident we will win.”

The outcome of this case touches thousands of other veterans memorials across the nation. If the ACLU can force the government to tear down the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross, where will they stop? What will happen to the 20-foot Canadian Cross of Sacrifice or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery?

The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial has stood since 1954 as a symbol of the selfless sacrifice and service of our nation’s military. The memorial is a 29-foot Latin cross surrounded by six concentric walls that display the photos, names and diverse religious symbols of our veterans who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

For more than 20 years, this veterans memorial has been the subject of a prolonged lawsuit brought about by the ACLU because of the inclusion of the cross.

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