Mojave Desert Cross Stolen, Veterans Groups Outraged
The 7-Foot Tall Mojave Desert Cross Has Been Stolen by Thieves
The Mojave Cross that has been standing on top of Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve in California has been stolen by thieves and veterans groups are outraged.
It appears that in order to take the cross, the thieves had to cut the metal bolts holding it to the rock and now the 7-foot monument is missing. The authorities think that the theft happened sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The cross is located along a quiet road in the Mojave Park.
According to KTLA News, veterans groups are outraged by the theft. The cross was erected on that spot in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to commemorate and remember those who died in the First World War. Veterans now view the fact that it has been stolen as a desecration of a symbol meant to remember those who died fighting for their country.
The cross was challenged by critics who say a religious symbol shouldn't be allowed on public land but the U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to order it removed.
Veterans groups had been at the centre of the battle for years, and the American Civil Liberties Union who brought the original lawsuit, have said that they will continue the fight to remove the cross permanently. If it can be found again however.