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7-foot cross to make return to Mojave National Preserve

A 7-foot cross that is meant as a monument to World War I veterans is seen in the Mojave National Preserve in this undated file photo. The cross was the subject of a long legal battle over displaying a religious symbol on federal land.

November 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Veterans Day will mark the legal return of a 7-foot cross to the Mojave National Preserve.

The day will mark a more than decade-long fight to save the memorial cross, which was first erected in 1934 to honor those who served in World War I. The cross had been a part of a court battle over having a religious symbol on federal land.

Earlier this year, the cross was stolen just after a supreme court ruled it could stay. A recent a land swap now makes the location of the cross private property.