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City opts to fight for memorial

April 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Wisconsin group that condemned a World War I monument bearing a Latin cross as a violation of the separation of church and state because it’s located on city property may have a legal battle on its hands after all.
Buoyed by offers of free legal assistance and an outpouring of public support, the City Council will decide tonight whether to establish a defense fund to keep the monument at Place Jolicoeur, in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 2, with the Latin cross intact.

Honoree's nephew says he's ready for the battle

April 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It doesn’t matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldier’s name on that monument, says Lucien Jolicoeur, and he would be just as angry if the cross were removed, as a First Amendment defenders group is demanding.
“The cross is my very biggest complaint,” Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. “I don’t care if it’s my uncle or another solider. I don’t think anyone has a right to touch that cross.”

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