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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Religious Dispute over Maryland World War I Memorial

November 2, 2018

By: Melissa Quinn

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a legal dispute over the constitutionality of a 40-foot cross honoring those killed in World War I located on state-owned land in Maryland, the court announced Friday.

The lawsuit centers around the memorial, a Latin cross atop a pedestal built 93 years ago and designed to honor local men killed in World War I. The cross, located in Prince George’s County, Md., was built by the American Legion and a committee of mothers who lost their sons, and sits on land owned by the state since 1961.

A federal appeals court ruled the memorial was unconstitutional.

According to court filings, the memorial was designed in the shape of a Latin cross to “mirror the cross-shaped grave markers under which their sons and comrades were buried in American overseas cemeteries.”

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