The following comes from a November 11 story in the San Bernadino Press Enterprise.
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After more than a decade of First Amendment court battles, a cross stands again in the Mojave National Preserve, for the first time with the legal blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court.
More than 100 people Sunday, Nov. 11, watched as the seven-foot-tall iron cross was hoisted onto and then bolted into Sunrise Rock, which is 12 miles off Interstate 15 about halfway between Barstow and Las Vegas. …
The cross installed Sunday was a replacement created by one of the cross’s caretakers, Henry Sandoz, 73, of Yucca Valley. Sandoz said concrete will be poured inside the iron pipes on another day, to make it harder to steal.
For 30 years Sandoz and his wife Wanda looked after several crosses on the site, those previous either vandalized or stolen.
Wanda Sandoz, 68, said she was overjoyed when she saw the cross finally go up, at last with its legality undisputed.
“I can’t even describe it,” she said of her feelings. “It was just wonderful to see it go up and know it’s going to be able to stay. That’s the best thing….”
“Why would anyone be offended?” said Lloyd, a former Legion district commander who was wearing a white button with a red line through “ACLU.” “You can’t see it from the freeway. You have to drive to it to be offended.”
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