Disputed Mojave Cross Honoring U.S. War Dead Stolen
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime caretakers of a Mojave Desert cross that led to a Supreme Court case are promising to replace the memorial, which has been stolen less than two weeks after the high court allowed it to remain standing.
The VFW has also promised that the memorial, an incarnation of which was first erected in 1934 to honor soldiers killed in World War I, will be rebuilt.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sued over the cross on federal land, saying it was a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
In April, the Supreme Court told a federal judge to take a new look at a congressional plan to transfer land under the cross to private ownership.
It's not clear if a replacement cross will be permitted. A park service spokeswoman says officials are waiting on word from the Justice Department.