Only the pre-1989 history of the Cross as documented in the court cases which show it had nothing to do with veterans.
Originally Posted by j-mac
The current cross was erected in 1954 not 1913, the wooden cross(es) that where there fell down or were damaged. The Mt. Soledad Association was given permission to build the current cross on city land in (iirc) 1953 and it's construction was completed in 1954.
• The first cross was erected in 1913, prior to WWI, WWII, or the Korean War.
• The cross was replaced multiple times between 1913 and 1954
• The Mt. Soledad Association itself said the purpose of the 1954 cross was to replace the previous crosses (The crosses were to commemorate wars that hadn’t occurred yet?)
• The Mt. Soledad Association itself in it’s dedication bulletin noted that the cross was dedicated to ““Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” not to war veterans.
• Only one news article between April 17, 1954 and the 1989 lawsuit described the cross as a war memorial. No other references to it as a war memorial were found.
• There is no evidence that the City planed the cross as a war memorial prior to its construction
• Construction and dedication were planned and did occur to allow the dedication to be conducted on Easter Sunday, 1954. Not Memorial Day, not Veterans Day, or any other day to honor veterans.
• Every year between 1954 and 1989, when the lawsuit was filed, the Mt. Soledad Association sponsored religious Easter sunrise services.
• Not once between 1954 and 1989, when the lawsuit was filed, did the Mt. Soledad Assc. or any other organization sponsor ceremony's to honor war dead on Memorial Day.
• Not once between 1954 and 1989, when the lawsuit was filed, did the Mt. Soledad Assc. or any other organization sponsor ceremony's to honor war dead on Veterans Day.
• No plaque or sign was ever in existence at the cross between 1954 and 1989, when the lawsuit was filed, indicating that the cross was a memorial to war dead.
• Regarding the Mt. Soledad Assc. – “Its own bylaws describe its purpose as the promotion of “community interest in the development of the public facilities of the Mt. Soledad park area.” The bylaws make no reference to the commemoration of war dead.”
• No one plague, not one sign, not one brick in the present "war memorial" wall now surrounding the cross was placed until after the City lost the suit.
• Prior to the lawsuit travel guides, maps, phone directories, and even government publications referred to the cross as the “Soledad Easter Cross”.
The above is derived from the history of the Mt. Soledad Cross from various legal documents that I read in the 2006/7 time frame from:
Paulson V. San Diego, Civ. No. 89-020 GT
Murphy v. Bilbray, US District Court, CIV NO 90-0134
Philip K. Paulson v. City of San Diego, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 00-55406
Jewish War Veterans v. Rumsfeld, US District Court Complaint Dtd 8/24/2006
Paulson v. Abdulnour, Superior Court of California, Dtd 10/7/2005
I said the city and the association who claimed in court that it was built as a war memorial were liars. I think that people that believe it was "built as a war memorial" are uninformed. I think that people the may truly feel that it has been transformed in the last 24-years into a memorial for veterans that lost their lives defining the country have a reasonable assertion.
Originally Posted by j-mac
I'm free to hold those opinions.
BTW - I never said I was "neutral" about the city and association lying.