House OK's Religious Symbols at War Memorials

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two bills confirming the use of religious symbols at military memorials.

The first measure would legalize the existing practice of allowing the display of religious symbols at military memorials and cemeteries.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., wrote the bill after a decision by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a year ago. The court ruled that a 43-foot cross at the Mount Soledad veterans memorial was unconstitutional.

Hunter said the measure "ensures that Mount Soledad and any other war memorial will withstand these attacks by allowing the inclusion of all symbols of religion and personal faith on war memorials established and under the control of the federal government."

The House also approved a second measure Tuesday concerning the World War II Memorial in Washington.

The bill requires the Interior Department to add to the memorial a plaque with Franklin Roosevelt's prayer to the nation on D-Day.

"With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy," the prayer reads in part. "Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances."

Both pieces of legislation will now go to the Senate.

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