Veterans group appeals in Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial fight after court orders cross removal
Liberty Institute, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association Fight to Preserve Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross and the Symbol of Selfless Sacrifice It Represents
SAN DIEGO, CA, DECEMBER 17, 2013—Today, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA), represented by Liberty Institute and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, filed its notice of appeal of a district court’s order requiring the removal of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross. The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, erected in 1954, is the nation’s oldest Korean War Veterans Memorial. To view the notice of appeal online, follow this link: http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=120
“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.”
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