Group says Vietnam veteran memorial is 'unconstitutional'

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Should a Vietnam Veteran's memorial be removed from a Coos Bay park? One group thinks so.

A separation of church and state watchdog group wants the City of Coos Bay to remove the memorial from Mingus Park because they say it's unconstitutional.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Coos Bay City Manager Rodger Craddock a letter saying the memorial itself isn't the problem, it's the cross resting on top.

They say it's an, "endorsement of Christianity over other religions and over nonreligion," and must be removed "immediately".

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Craddock says the issue isn't unique to Coos Bay. "The city received it (the letter) and we passed it off to our city attorney to review that and relevant case law," he said. "Obviously these issues are happening around the nation."

The memorial was donated and placed in the park in 1972 by Western Bank and the Bay Area Jaycees.

Some people at Mingus Park told KCBY News that they have no problem with the cross.

Donna Marsh and Sharron Cox were at the park on Tuesday, and they think it should stay put. "Well, it's not unconstitutional, it just is not! God is in our constitution, and a cross, and if the city wants to put one up in a park I think they should be allowed to do that."

You can voice your opinion at a public meeting at the Coos Bay Public Library on April 2.

The attorney for the group asking for the memorial to be removed is scheduled to speak to KCBY News on Wednesday.

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