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Lake Elsinore Moves Forward On Controversial Veterans Memorial

During a regularly scheduled meeting, city council members voted 5-0 to approve the memorial for veterans that depicts both a cross and a Star of David.

The yet-to-be constructed Lake Elsinore Veterans Memorial will display religious symbols, it was decided Tuesday night.

During a regularly scheduled meeting, city council members voted 5-0 to approve the memorial for veterans that depicts both a cross and a Star of David. (See attached artist’s rendering of the memorial.)

The $46,000 granite memorial to be constructed by Sun City Granite will be permanently installed at the entrance of The Diamond Stadium.

In front of a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday that included dozens of veterans, council members heard comments both for and against the monument.

Lake Elsinore resident Barbara Anderson said the religious symbols leave out veterans who may not practice Christianity or Judaism. Bill Limebrook said the memorial lacked artistic merit, and a handful of others criticized the monument’s installation at The Diamond saying the memorial should be more accessible to all.

However, when the unanimous vote was cast, many in the audience rose to their feet and applauded the council’s decision to approve the memorial.

None of the council members publicly asked City Attorney Barbara Leibold for her opinion on the legal risk associated with installing a taxpayer-funded monument containing religious symbols in a public space. The issue has been tried in the courts – including in June when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling that found the cross on San Diego’s Mount Soledad is unconstitutional.

After Tuesday’s meeting adjourned, Patch asked Leibold for her comment on the issue. She would only say there is “passion on both sides of the issue,” but admitted the city does face potential litigation over the matter. “It’s always the case,” she said.

Constant Comment November 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Lyn, why so miserable? No faith? }~(
Reverend Smith November 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I think you are confusing "aetheist" with "Christian". This just goes to show what a bunch of ignorant, redneck SOB's this town is made up of. Go ahead and christen your great white elephant revival tent the 'Lord's Stadium' and be done with it. You'll lose half your ball fans. But you'll probably draw redneck Repubicans from miles around.
Reverend Smith November 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think the city owned it, but sold the great white elephant when they finally realized they'd been taken by the scoundrels who convinced them to use tax-payer money to fund it's construction.
Reverend Smith November 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
A cross is a symbol of Christianity - in particular. People are sometimes offended by symbols of other religions on public institutions. It breaks down national unity. That's why the founding fathers wrote separation of the state from religions. They were educated men, not a bunch of Elsinore rednecks. I presume that if you are "saved" at it was by your own choice. Some choose not to be "saved". They just want to see a baseball game.
Reverend Smith November 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
At the rate Elsinore city council is going, we're going to be having a special election soon. Maybe they stopped paying their Mafia dues so they're all being outed for their indiscretions.

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