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Ken Layne of Yucca Valley photographs the spot where the WWI memorial cross stood. The cross was erected atop Sunrise Rock in 1934.

The Mojave Desert cross at the center of a long legal battle that ended at the Supreme Court has been stolen.

Nearly two weeks after the Court ruled the monument could stay on federal land, thieves cut through its metal bolts and removed it.

The seven-foot cross, which served as a memorial to World War I veterans for 76 years, had been at the center of a long legal battle over separation of church and state issues. For the past 10 years, wooden planks covered up the cross until last month when the Supreme Court ruled it could stay.
“This was a legal fight that a vandal just made personal to 50 million veterans, military personnel, and their families,” National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell said.
CBN News spoke with Steve Robertson of the veteran group The American Legion for reaction to the recent theft.  Click play for his comments.

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