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Veterans Day 2012

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By Doug Powers  •  November 11, 2012 01:48 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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A very heartfelt Veterans Day thank you to all who have served, and are currently serving. For me that includes my father, uncle and cousin (Air Force), another cousin (Marines) and my father-in-law (Army).

Among today’s commemorations is the re-dedication of the “Mojave Cross”:

In the Mojave Desert in California, veterans plan to resurrect a war memorial cross that was part of a 13-year legal battle over the separation of church and state.

The Sunday ceremony on Sunrise Rock follows a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that argued the cross was unconstitutional because it was in the Mojave National Preserve.

The Supreme Court intervened in 2010 and directed a court to consider a land swap, leading to a settlement that transferred Sunrise Rock to veterans groups in exchange for five acres of privately owned land.

Henry Sandoz, who cared for the original cross as part of a promise to a dying World War I veteran, will re-dedicate a new, 7-foot steel cross on the same hilltop.

Also, yesterday marked the 237th birthday of the US Marine Corps.

If you can, send a Thank the Troops card.

Today and tomorrow there are several restaurants with offers for veterans.

The Patriots unveiled POW/MIA memorial at Gillette Stadium.

And also remember Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

**Written by Doug Powers

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