Mt. Soledad War Memorial in La Jolla

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People gather in the late evening sun around the massive cross sitting atop the Mt. Soledad War Memorial in La Jolla

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A massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns marks the latest development in a long-running legal battle over the 43-foot-tall cross, a local landmark that has stood on top of Mount Soledad since 1954 and is visible for miles.(Reuters)

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