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Federal appeals court hears Mount Soledad cross case

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Supporters and opponents of the landmark 43-foot cross atop San Diego's Mount Soledad have taken their case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

An attorney for the American Legion urged a three-judge panel Wednesday to uphold a federal judge's ruling that the cross is more a secular memorial to war veterans than a statement promoting religion.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of Jewish War Veterans and local residents, arguing that displaying a Christian cross on public land is unconstitutional.

Judge Larry Alan Burns ruled last year that the cross is constitutional because it "communicates the primarily non-religious messages of military service, death and sacrifice."

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