The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA), represented by Liberty Institute and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has filed notice of appeal of a district court's order requiring the removal of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross. The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial was erected in 1954 and is the nation's oldest Korean War Veterans Memorial.
"This appeal is just the first step toward what many believe is the ultimate destination for this case – the United States Supreme Court," said Allyson Ho, lead counsel for the MSMA, and co-chair of the U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Bruce Bailey, MSMA President and CEO, said, "The Association built this Korean War veterans memorial with support from The American Legion close to 60 years ago, and it will continue to fight to preserve it for future generations."
Hiram Sasser, Director of Litigation for Liberty Institute, said, "If we fail to preserve this veterans memorial and the ACLU is successful in tearing down the oldest Korean War veterans memorial in the United States, then so too will be the fate of other veterans memorials like it, including the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice and the Argonne Cross in Arlington Cemetery."
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches, in the military and throughout the public arena. Liberty Institute has represented a number of veterans groups including the Mojave Desert Cross case.
The Mt. Soledad Memorial is a monument honoring veterans who have served our country, as both a unique registry of our military heritage and to educate the public on the contributions of military personnel throughout our nations history. Originally dedicated as Korean War Veterans Memorial in 1952, the Memorial Association expanded its mission to honor veterans who served during time of war and, beginning in 2007, to all U.S. veterans, living and deceased. The memorial was transferred to Federal Government August 14, 2006 as National Veterans Memorial.