Family Security Matters asked all of its contributors to write a short piece of the Mojave Memorial Cross this memorial day. My thoughts are below along with the link to all the others.
Family Security Matters National Security Team
This Memorial Day, FSM contributors ponder the significance of the Mojave Memorial cross, and what it means for there to be no monument on Sunrise Rock for the first time in 76 years
A seven foot tall cross which was erected in 1934 to honor the soldiers who had been killed in WWI had cast a shadow in the desert for over 75 years, but over the last few years had been in the shadow of controversy itself.
After standing in the desert for 65 years the cross made main stream news about a decade ago when a former park service employee sued on grounds that it violated the constitutional separation of church and state. A lengthy court fight ended when the Supreme Court ruled that the cross could stay in a 5-4 split, then less than two weeks later sometime between Sunday May 9th and Monday morning the National Park Service reported the cross had been stolen by thieves who cut the metal bolts that attached the symbol to a rock in the desert preserve.
As we approach Memorial Day it makes me wonder what has happened to America. Before my family moved to Israel I remember going to Memorial Day parades. I remember waving small American flags and watching as all the fire trucks and then the soldiers would march by.
I can’t recall the last time I saw a Memorial Day parade, let alone someone waving an American flag in the street. Today, I would have a better chance of seeing someone waving a flag from another country screaming how unfair America is.
The cutting down of this cross is no different from the sign that was stolen from the gates of Auschwitz. As a Jew I see nothing wrong with the symbol of a cross to remember our war dead, then again I understand that they fought and died for America’s Christian Judea values and anyone who grew up with those values has a faith that will stand strong and can never be cut down.
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