In 1952, a private group sought permission from government officials to erect a large cross atop Mt. Soledad near San Diego. They did it because they wanted a place to hold sunrise services on Easter.
A private group has purchased the land beneath a large Latin cross in San Diego, a move that could spell the end of a decades-long legal battle.
A towering Latin cross that sits atop Mt. Soledad in California is not a generic symbol of military sacrifice, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.