Contact: Renee Green
Phone: (410) 608-2274
Federal Court ruled that Bladensburg World War I Memorial Peace Cross is Constitutional.
Bladensburg, MD, November 30, 2015 – The United States District Court for the District of Maryland ruled that the historic Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, built in the shape of a cross, is constitutional and may continue to stand where it was erected in 1925. Review the decision at https://www.libertyinstitute.org/file/Bladensburg.MSJ-Order.113015.pdf.
Law firms Jones Day and Liberty Institute intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of The American Legion and filed a motion for summary judgment asking the court to uphold the Memorial as constitutional. Today’s ruling by the Court granted the motion and found the Memorial was well within the bounds of the First Amendment.
The Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial, or Peace Cross, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 2015. The listing can be found at the following link: http://www.nps.gov/nr/nrlist.htm.
The listing is thanks in large part to the determination and dedication of Renee Green from Annapolis, MD who realized that the Memorial was listed as a Historical Place but not on the National Register of Historic Places. She submitted an application for the Memorial to be nominated to the National Register and it was accepted. There was a nomination meeting at the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Committee meeting on April 21, 2015. Then it went through a formal process to finally be listed.
Ms. Green has created a documentary about the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross entitled, Save The Peace Cross. For more information visit www.SaveThePeaceCross.com. Ms. Green, who was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was recently quoted in the Prince George’s Gazette’s article Woman fights to save Bladensburg Peace Cross http://www.gazette.net/gazettecms/story.php?id=14032. “In order for people to really make a decision, they had to know the history,” Green said. “It’s a World War I memorial dedicated to 49 men who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
The Memorial was dedicated on July 12, 1925 to honor 49 men from Prince George’s County, Maryland who fought and died for our country during WWI. It was erected and dedicated by the American Legion. It is currently owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.