By: Steve Warren
The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide whether to reverse a lower court decision that could lead to the destruction of a World War I veterans memorial that is shaped in the form of a cross.
The memorial cross has stood since 1925 when it was dedicated to honor 49 Bladensburg, Maryland-area soldiers who were killed in action during the war. The memorial is located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The Gold-Star mothers who designed the memorial in 1919, chose a cross shape to recall the cross-shaped grave markers standing over the countless American graves on the war’s Western Front. One mother referred to the memorial as her son’s “gravestone.”