‘Non-Christian’ Veteran Wages Battle To Remove Statue Of Praying Soldier And Christian Flag From War Memorial

A veteran’s lawsuit against symbols that are part of a North Carolina city’s war memorial will soon be heading to trial. At the heart of the decorated soldier’s grievances is a display that features the silhouette of a soldier bowing before a cross-shaped grave and a faith-based flag. The memorial, located in King, North Carolina, is being challenged by Steven Hewett, a veteran of the U.S. war in Afghanistan who is being represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization devoted to church-state separatism. Hewett, who was identified as a “non-Christian” in a statement addressing the matter, first complained in July 2010, asking the city to remove a Christian flag from the war memorial — but officials and residents apparently fought back.

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