The Oct. 19 Metro article “Court: Md. memorial violates Constitution” reported that a “federal appeals court . . . declared unconstitutional a towering cross-shaped monument that has marked a major intersection in Prince George’s County for 90 years.”
In my view, the memorial, known as the Peace Cross, is a symbol of peace. I have passed this memorial at Maryland Route 450 and U.S. Route 1 in Bladensburg all my 76 years, and I think it is a beautiful tribute to those who gave their lives for us. Never have I thought that it was a religious statement.
Because the American Legion paid for the memorial, it should be given back to the organization. I am sure that the people of Prince George’s County, with a few fundraisers a year, could — and gladly would — pay for the upkeep.
The country is going crazy with trying to change history. We can use monuments as learning tools and remembrances of our country’s past. As a nation, we have come a long way, and we need to understand that people do not see everything the same. We should not destroy our monuments because some do not like them.
The Peace Cross should remain where it is as a symbol of peace — just as it was meant to be.
Sondra Eaton, Camp Springs