Bill Protecting Religious Symbols On War Memorials Passed

Rep. Duncan Hunter Introduced Bill After Mount Soledad Ruling

SAN DIEGO — A bill by San Diego’s Republican congressional delegation aimed at protecting religious symbols on war memorials was passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday.

The War Memorial Protection Act, introduced by Reps. Brian Bilbray, Duncan D. Hunter and Darrell Issa, stemmed from a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that declared the cross atop the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial unconstitutional.

“Last week’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan, killing six Marines, is a somber reminder of the extraordinary danger facing our military men and women, even in the most routine missions,” Hunter said. “These Marines, like all others who have served or made the ultimate sacrifice, are proudly represented by war memorials across the country and beyond our shores.”

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