For several decades, however, a group has been actively trying to remove the cross. The federal Justice Department has now joined the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association in appealing a ruling that ordered the cross removal because of an opposing group that continues to say the cross is unconstitutional because it is an endorsement of Christianity held on federal property. Does the assault on the cross constitute an attack on our constitutional right to freedom of speech and religion?
The preservation of the park and memorial is largely due to the efforts of dedicated members of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association.
Soaring into the sky, the cross imparts a sense of goodwill, peace and hope for mankind. Losing the cross would be like losing a bit of the heartbeat of La Jolla, where I’ve lived since 1953.