Supreme Court Petition To Save The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross Receives Broad Support



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Supreme Court Petition To Save The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross

Receives Broad Support

SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The States of

Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas,

Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio,

Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin,

The American Legion, Veterans with plaques surrounding the Memorial

Cross, including Bronze Star Recipient and Retired U.S. Army Colonel

David G. Epstein, and members of the U.S. Congress are among the

parties, who filed friend-of-the-court briefs this week in support of

the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association's (MSMA) petition asking the

United States Supreme Court to save the historic Mt. Soledad Veterans

Memorial Cross in San Diego. Liberty Institute and Morgan Lewis &

Bockius LLP, which represent the MSMA, submitted the petition to the

Supreme Court last month.

"We are encouraged by the outpouring of support that the Mt. Soledad

Memorial Association has received for its petition to have the U.S.

Supreme Court settle, once and for all, the constitutionality of the

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross," said Kelly Shackelford, Liberty

Institute President and CEO. "In addition to this national

treasure-the nation's oldest Korean War Veterans Memorial-the fate of

hundreds of other similar veterans memorials, erected to honor the

selfless sacrifice of our nation's war heroes, hangs in the balance."

To view the briefs online, follow these five links:

-- http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=142

-- http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=143

-- http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=144

-- http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=145

-- http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=146

The MSMA's cert petition to the Supreme Court seeks review of the

case, Mt. Soledad Memorial Association v. Steve Trunk, et al., follows

a district court's order in December requiring the removal of the Mt.

Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross. Erected in 1954, the Mt. Soledad

Veterans Memorial is the nation's oldest Korean War Veterans Memorial.

It contains more than 3,600 plaques honoring individual veterans'

selfless sacrifice and service.

Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending

and restoring religious liberty across America - in our schools, for

our churches, in the military and throughout the public arena.

Liberty's vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance

with the principles of our nation's Founders. For information, visit

www.LibertyInstitute.org.

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