All Crossed Up

In 1934 veterans of WWI erected a monument to fallen American soldiers in the Mojave Valley. It was marked by a large cross, a symbol to the lost. In 2001, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit and caused the closing of the monument, based on the fact that the cross was considered a religious symbol –and therefore offensive. Just this year, the court case appeals finally reversed the initial decision and did a little land swapping. The area is now again a memorial to falled soldiers, the cross has been returned, and the property has been fenced in and marked as a private memorial to World War One.