by Kim Trobee
WASHINGTON D.C. – The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have denied a request to review a case involving a cross at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego. The case now goes back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It will likely make its way back to the high court.
â€œWe will continue to fight for this veterans memorial and the selfless sacrifice and service of all the millions of veterans it represents,â€ said Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute. â€œIt is the least we can do for those who gave so much to us all.â€
Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito issued a statement about the case. He said that because the cross is in no danger of being removed â€” while the case moves forward â€” the justices would wait until the lower court ruled before they decide whether to hear it.
The cross, erected in 1954, has been the subject of litigation for the past 26 years. The 29-foot-tall cross contains the names of more than 3,500 veterans who served our country with honor. The monument is cared for by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, which is comprised of veterans.
Allyson Ho, lead counsel for the association, said they will work tirelessly to save the cross.
â€œWe look forward to the final resolution of the important question of the memorialâ€™s constitutionality,â€ she said, â€œas the fate of hundreds of similar veterans memorials hangs in the balance.â€