U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose 52
Congressional district includes La Jolla, has introduced legislation to allow for the inclusion of religious symbols — including the cross at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial — on war memorials.
H.R. 290, the War Memorial Protection Act, part of the National Defense Authorization Act, is under consideration by the House Armed Services Committee.
“The War Memorial Protection Act, now part of the annual defense bill, is one step closer to becoming law,” Hunter, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a press release. “By creating a foundation in federal law for the preservation of war memorials that display religious symbols, the threat of unwarranted legal action, whether it’s against Mout Soledad or other memorials like it, is significantly reduced if not eliminated altogether.”
Last week, Hunter testified before a House subcommittee on the War Memorial Protection Act. His prepared statement is available