This beautiful cross was originally erected in 1954 to honor veterans of the Korean War. According to the Mt. Soledad Association, the cross was not viewed as a religious symbol but rather an international symbol of sacrifice.
- Currently over 3,300 veterans are honored on six of the original Memorial Walls. Five new walls were recently constructed which will accommodate an additional 2,400 plaques.
- Honorees include Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Ford and
Reagan, twelve Medal of Honor recipients, Admirals Stockdale and
Halsey, Generals Pershing and Patton, celebrity veterans Audie
Murphy and Jimmy Stewart and more than 3,300 other veterans with
names that are not familiar, but who proudly served our country
helping preserve the freedoms we enjoy.”
It is a sad state of affairs when something this meaningful to so many be ordered to be removed because a few people are offended. Religious symbols such as a cross or Star of David are seen engraved on some of the individual plaques on the walls...will they have to be removed as well?
To quote Bruce Bailey, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association President, “This issue is bigger than just the cross at Mt. Soledad. If removing a cross in this arena is allowed to happen, what is next? It won’t stop here; it will have major ramifications all across our country.”
So true, Mr. Bailey, so sadly true.