Last week, a federal judge approved a settlement agreement for a land exchange between the National Park Service and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), allowing a World War I memorial cross to return to its place in the Mojave Desert. The cross was erected on public land in 1934, and it was undisturbed until the ACLU sued for its removal in 2001. When a federal court ruled that the cross’s presence on federal land was unconstitutional, Congress intervened by passing legislation that directed the U.S. Department of the Interior to give the land where the cross was located to the VFW in exchange for a parcel of equal value. In 2010, the Supreme Court approved Congress’ action; however, the cross was then stolen by vandals. Members of the Prayer Caucus signed on to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court, supporting the constitutionality of memorial crosses that honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.
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