"This is a disappointing setback for the rights of the people to honor those who have given their life in defense of our nation," said Brad Dacus, President of PJI.
The design of the memorial includes a small section depicting a WWII soldier kneeling at the graveside of a fallen comrade. The Washington D.C. based American Humanist Association took issue with the design that includes crosses and Stars of David—despite the fact that it accurately mirrors foreign WWII cemeteries.
"We can't erase history. If you visit foreign war cemeteries from that era, you will see the exact same scene this memorial was portraying," said Michael Peffer, lead counsel and director of PJI's Santa Ana office.