A group has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that declared unconstitutional a Maryland veteran’s monument fashioned as a 40-foot-tall cross.
The American Legion asked the court Monday to prevent the removal or destruction of the monument, The Washington Post reports.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bladensburg monument unconstitutional last year, saying it “excessively entangles the government in religion.”
The monument was completed in 1925 to honor Maryland’s Prince George’s County soldiers who died in World War I.
Owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, it stands on public land and is maintained with taxpayer money.
A group that espouses the separation of church and state, the American Humanist Association, first challenged the monument’s constitutionality in 2014.
To The American Legion:
As a grateful citizen, I support your effort to honor those who have fallen in battle and to keep the Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial standing as a visible reminder of valor, sacrifice, endurance, and devotion.
Veterans memorials like the one in Bladensburg, MD are symbols reminding us of the sacrifice of our service members and the cost of war. Tearing down the Bladensburg Memorial would erase the memory of the 49 fallen heroes of Prince George’s County—like they never even existed.
We cannot allow the Bladensburg Memorial to be bulldozed.
Please know that you have my support and backing in your petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.✖