Duncan Hunter

Bill would allow veterans’ group to buy Mt. Soledad cross land in La Jolla

Bill would allow veterans’ group to buy Mt. Soledad cross land in La Jolla

Transfer would allow association to proceed with plans to add electricity at site

Members of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association are hoping the third time’s the charm in their quest to purchase the half-acre site on which its veterans memorial and contentious cross are situated, atop Mount Soledad in La Jolla.

The private group built the concrete cross in 1954 and has maintained the memorial since, adding some 3,600 veterans memorial plaques over the years. It currently maintains the land for the U.S. Navy.

Last week, the House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Bill, a $585 billion military...

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