Complaint leads to cross being removed from vets memorial

Published 8:26 am Friday, January 20, 2017

BELLE PLAINE — A complaint from a watchdog group has prompted a Minnesota city to remove a cross from a war veterans memorial.

The cross had been recently installed on city land in Belle Plaine, about 35 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Annie Laurie Gaylor, with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, says the cross came off Tuesday from the memorial.

The cross sat next to a silhouette artwork of a kneeling soldier and a stone monument listing Belle Plaine’s fallen soldiers.

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In October, the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected on constitutional grounds to the cross being in a public park.