How the Condemning of This Cross-Shaped Monument Could Doom Others Across the US
- This memorial to Marylandmen killed in World War I
has stood since 1925.
Now that a federalappeals court has ruled it
unconstitutional it could come down.
- It's a cross shapedmemorial on public property.
- [Reporter] Jeremy Dys ofFirst Liberty Institute warns
if the US Supreme Court doesn't intervene
this could have far reaching repercussions
- Not only will thismonument have to be raised
to the ground but so willany monument that bears
religious imagery or languageon the side of it as well.
- [Reporter] That wouldinclude features in
Arlington National Cemeteryand its most famous site.
- The Tomb of the UnknownSoldier is a World War I
monument as well and it sayson the side very famously
of course here lies asoldier known but to God.
And who knows where this would end.
- [Reporter] That's whyreligious rights lawyers like Dys
have fought alongside theAmerican Legion for years
to preserve the Bladensburgmemorial and by extension
- These are importantreminders of the great cost
that freedom comes to us in.
That is real lives have been sacrificed
in the service of freedom.
We should not desecratetheir memory by tearing down
- [Reporter] Carved intothis memorial in big letters
are four words.
Courage, endurance, valor, and devotion.
Now the question is ifAmerica is devoted enough
to the memory of the men honored here
to assure the monument to theirultimate sacrifice endures.
- [Dys] It is almostspitting at them in the eye
to even suggest that we wouldtear down this memorial.
- [Reporter] Paul Strand, CBN News
reporting from the WorldWar I Veterans' Memorial