WE ARE LEAVING 9AM SHARP FROM THE PARK AND RIDE LOT OFF THE 15 FREEWAY AT BEAR VALLEY RD. IN VICTORVILLE. THE CARAVAN IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT THE MOJAVE CROSS AT 10:30AM. OUR VEHICLES WILL PROUDLY DISPLAY FLAGS ON OUR VEHICLES DURING THE DRIVE.
THERE WILL BE A FLAG FOR EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS AT THE SITE.
WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 100 SMALL WOODEN CROSSES INSCRIBED WITH THE NAMES OF FALLEN HEROES FROM WWI AND OTHER ENGAGEMENTS IN HONOR OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOMS. THESE SMALL CROSSES WILL BE SPRINKLED AROUND THE BASE OF THE ROCK THAT FORMALLY HELD THE MOJAVE CROSS, AND ALLOWED TO MIX INTO THE EARTH AS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM AND HONOR TO THE FALLEN.
BRING WATER, CHAIR, LUNCH, UMBRELLA OR WHATEVER WILL MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE IN THE DESERT. BRING YOUR PATRIOTIC SPIRIT, WE WILL PLAY MUSIC AND FORM A HUMAN CROSS AS A CLIMAX TO THIS HISTORIC EVENT....RESTORE THE MOJAVE CROSS AMERICA!
Memorial Day rally at Mojave Cross site
Proponents of the disputed, stolen, replaced and — most recently — torn down Mojave Cross war memorial are planning a Memorial Day rally at the site where some version of the cross has stood for 76 years.
The cross, erected by a group of veterans in 1934 as a tribute to their fallen comrades, has been the subject of a decade-long court fight over whether the religious symbol should be allowed to stand on public land in the Mojave National Preserve.
The U.S. Supreme Court late last month ruled that it could remain, at least until a lower court revisited the issue. But two weeks later, it was stolen. Soon after, a cross reappeared in the same location, but was ordered down by the U.S. Justice Department after it was deemed to be a replica of the stolen cross.
Monday's rally in support of the effort to replace the cross is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Sunrise Rock, about 10 miles south of Interstate 15 near Cima Road. According to a press release issued by the organizers, a "human cross" will stand atop Sunrise Rock (in place of the real deal) for the duration of the rally.
— Ben Goad
May 21, 2010
Has the Mojave Cross have been removed for good?
A cross replacing the original at the Mojave Desert war memorial has been declared illegal and taken down.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the 9th Circuit overstepped its bounds when it ruled the cross must be removed. Since then, the memorial had remained covered with a plywood box until it was stolen on May 9.
Linda Slater, public information officer with the Mojave National Preserve, said the cross that mysteriously appeared last week was unauthorized.
"The main reason that we can't put a replacement cross up or allow one to be put up," she said, "is because we are under court order to not display a cross on Sunrise Rock."
Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute, said his team will work to convince the Justice Department to replace the cross.
"That's not a proper act to take," he said. "Our veterans deserve more than that, and that memorial needs to be put back up."
An anonymous donation means there is a $125,000 reward posted for tips leading to the conviction of whoever stole the cross that served as a memorial to Americans who served during World War I.
A decorated military veteran offered $100,000 for the reward, said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for Liberty Institute. That figure was added to the previous $25,000 offer.
The cross stood at Sunrise Rock, which is about 15 miles south of the 15 Freeway along Cima Road in the Mojave National Preserve.