Cross is back

Veterans Day in Mojave Desert

From the video: Getting it up the boulders

The following comes from a November 11 story in the San Bernadino Press Enterprise.

To read previous story in Cal Catholic, click here.

After more than a decade of First Amendment court battles, a cross stands again in the Mojave National Preserve, for the first time with the legal blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court.

More than 100 people Sunday, Nov. 11, watched as the seven-foot-tall iron cross was hoisted onto and then bolted into Sunrise Rock, which is 12 miles off Interstate 15 about halfway between Barstow and Las Vegas. …

From video: on top

The cross installed Sunday was a replacement created by one of the cross’s caretakers, Henry Sandoz, 73, of Yucca Valley. Sandoz said concrete will be poured inside the iron pipes on another day, to make it harder to steal.

For 30 years Sandoz and his wife Wanda looked after several crosses on the site, those previous either vandalized or stolen.

Wanda Sandoz, 68, said she was overjoyed when she saw the cross finally go up, at last with its legality undisputed.

“I can’t even describe it,” she said of her feelings. “It was just wonderful to see it go up and know it’s going to be able to stay. That’s the best thing….”

“Why would anyone be offended?” said Lloyd, a former Legion district commander who was wearing a white button with a red line through “ACLU.” “You can’t see it from the freeway. You have to drive to it to be offended.”

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  1. Robert Bushlow says:

    The ACLU should be required to reimburse the supporters as well as the taxpayers for the costs required to oppose their frivolous lawsuit!

    • Amen! Robert Bushlow. If that were so, they would not been filing such frivolous lawsuits. No one is made to worship here if they do not want to do so, and the majority want it. They tax us for the Killing of innocent children in the womb then wail at a simple cross when they did not even have to pay for it.

      • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

        Now who is going to stand guard against the vandals!

        God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
        Kenneth M. Fisher

        • The Mojave Greens? Rattlesnakes live around there and hunt at night, but they are also sleeping in bushes during the daytime, except during cold season hibernation. Maybe prayer for God’s creatures to protect His Cross are not out of order.

        • Have you located this Cross site on your maps? The chagrin for me is that I have passed near that location many times, but never went out of my way to view it. It is just off the 40, just off Cima Road. Many probably drive to Nevada or Arizona and could easily take a route where you could stop for a few moments at that Cross location. There are inducements such as quail and chukar in that region that might interest wild gamebird hunters. Also, there are many desert creatures that hobbyists might like to search for and while they’re at it make a detour to that Cross. In fact, anyone driving to Las Vegas to hit the tables and avoid the temptations might do well to take that route and visit that Cross. There likely would be no other travelers or pilgrims there at that time, but sometimes people simply drive around in the desert in the vicinity. There are some seriously major military bases not far from it, mainly Marine Corps (Barstow and environs), Army (near Barstow), Naval Air (near Barstow), Air Force (Edwards … ok, now we’re gaining distance, but what the heck). Spring desert wildflower adventurers and rain filled pond aquatics investigators might also be able to spend a moment detouring to that Cross. Anyone out there who manages to catch a wild burro might want to ride it over to the Veterans’ Cross also.

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