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And over he's fighting bitter battle rode out of the separation of church and state when they've -- group calling the cross atop this world -- one into memorial unconstitutional.
It wants the cross taken down but the city's mayor says it's not coming down without a fight joining us now live from -- Is the mayor of -- one socket Leo Fontaine good morning.
Good morning good to be here thank you -- -- -- on fighting this mayor.
Well we've fabric together a team.
Attorneys that one local attorney -- is our constitutional expert.
That's been advising us on us and we've received offers from a number of national organizations throughout the country that have offered to help us.
Free of charge.
And -- groups like the liberty defense counsel would have been very helpful in our case so far right now there's no actual lawsuit filed so it's really just -- -- matter proper preparation and advising at this point.
Right well mayor I mean clearly.
The right to have faith into -- the practice and worship is under fire at the moment but.
Is it not a testament to what the community watch when they raised what I I've been reading anyway 181500.
Dollars and a defense fund -- -- lawsuit he filed.
I would hope not and that's one of the things that we're hoping that by educating people about the story behind this mining and it's really a fascinating story about -- war heroes.
And -- mother that lost all three of her sons to the war and that continue to dedicate threats of her life to the veterans of our community in the gold star mothers so.
I think once people understand this history this monument and the story behind it I would hope that there wouldn't be a lawsuit filed Agassi -- says some public land we don't want a senior religious symbols so take it down what's your answer.
Right now I think that the Supreme Court has been pretty clear they've never ruled that that crosses can't be on public property and you know -- didn't definitively.
And right now these really been cases that show that here here are differences between these sorts of items and that we believe that this crosses part of a a long standing on monument that has been there for a as part of a tribute to force Pacific soldiers.
And -- most of these soldiers one of them was body was lost at sea and others are buried overseas this is as close to a gravestone is their families are ever going to get.
And of the memorial -- spend -- for 91 years this particular monument that that that's in question has been there for sixty years.
So I I would like to think that people would understand that we're urge people to go to our website and learn about this monument it's a fascinating story.
And hopefully it will will put an end to this case altogether which website.
Our monuments dot webs dot com.
And we're also taking donations at the city's website directly if you go the year so we're doing everything we can to try to -- information -- knowledge about this.
And -- prepare for potential suit because this organization has a lot of money sitting in the bank just waiting for these sorts of suits.
And that this case I mean there have been many people have come -- to to Saving Private Ryan.
But unfortunately this mother did not have a fourth son -- what to save so I think it's an important monument for the history of of our community and most importantly for these four soldiers.
They're finding thank you so much in and the -- you very much from the rest of the country's been -- -- he's been receiving all sorts of emails.
Shown support for him not -- Huntsman very much so you burn thanks -- mayor meanwhile.
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