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Local leaders think World War I memorial “Peace Cross” should stay

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Cross2BLADENSBURG – A marble and cement cross stands 40 feet tall in Bladensburg at the intersection of Route 450 and Alternate U.S. 1.

It bears a bronze plaque with the names of the 49 men from Prince George’s County who died in World War I, along with a quote from President Woodrow Wilson. Along each side of the base are the words, “Valor,” “Endurance,” “Courage,” and “Devotion.”

Although a U.S. Appeals Court found that the state’s maintenance of the cross, known as the Peace Cross, is unconstitutional, local officials hope the memorial will remain for years to come.

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