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La Jolla, California (CNN) It's been a landmark in La Jolla, California, for almost 60 years.
Now, a federal judge in San Diego has ruled that the government's display of the giant, white cross on Mount Soledad violates the constitution and must come down.
Congress declared the cross a national war memorial in 2006, but the display was also challenged in 2006 by the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S. and several local residents.
Bruce Bailey is with the Mount Soledad Memorial Association.
"Not everyone who gave their lives in those wars or fought in those wars were members of Christian faith. For a certain number of people that was important, but not for all Americans," he explains.
The cross was first erected in 1954.
It was dedicated at an Easter Sunday ceremony.
A U.S. district judge ordered the cross must be removed within 90 days, but then he stayed the order until all possible appeals have been exhausted.