Mojave Cross memorial to WWI dead 'violates first amendment'

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But the simple cross which has been in place for 75 years is at the heart of a bitter constitutional battle which will reach the US Supreme Court on Wednesday.

In a case with ramifications for war memorials across the United States, judges will consider whether, as an overtly religious symbol, the Mojave Memorial Cross violates the First Amendment which provides for a separation of church and state.

The 8ft Latin cross sits in the government-owned Mojave National Preserve and was raised in 1934 by Riley Bembry, who served as a medic in the First World War.

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