After a contentious battle over a cross at a veteran’s memorial, the city of Belle Plaine, MN. agreed to remove the religious symbol, but angered supporters of the memorial have started their own security detail to watch over it.
According to a Fox 9 report, a silhouette of a soldier kneeling in front of a cross that served as a headstone for a fellow soldier’s grave sat prominently at the Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park, where it was installed last summer.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation quickly contested the religious symbol asking that the city remove it as violated the separation of church and state because it was located on public property.
While the city and its veterans club agreed to remove the cross from the memorial last week, supporters of veterans were outraged.
Katie Novotny, who started a movement to fight back by displaying crosses in front yards and at nearby businesses, said, “It’s just frustrating to see that one person or two people in a town are allowed to speak for a town of over 3,000 people.”
The cross was removed on Sunday, but the memorial gained more than 18 wooden crosses along with a new security detail composed of supporters who argued that the “city caved.”
The Second Brigade Motorcycle Club arrived to protect the veteran’s memorial where they vowed to protect the memorial and crosses from vandalism.
Belle Plaine Mayor, Christopher Meyer, told KARE while “it’s another attack on small town America — our freedoms” the city had no choice but to remove the cross.
H/T: Fox News
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