Sale of San Diego veterans memorial cross to private group complete



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SAN DIEGO — The half-acre plot of land under San Diego's Mount Soledad veterans memorial and cross has been sold, resolving a decades-long church-and-state conflict.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1GycsbD ) that the title to the property beneath the 43-foot cross was transferred from the federal Department of Defense to the Mount Soledad Memorial Association Friday for $1.4 million.

The private association already maintains the site.

Congress approved the sale of the land containing more than 3,700 plaques honoring veterans from various wars in December.

Federal courts have ruled that the cross is an unconstitutional effort by the government to endorse a religion, and a judge has ordered the cross's removal.

Transferring the land to a private group aims to eliminate that conflict, but it's uncertain whether Hunter's legislation will end the litigation.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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