WOONSOCKET â€” 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 itâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€” It doesnâ€™t matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldierâ€™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.
â€śThe cross is my very biggest complaint,â€ť Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. â€śI donâ€™t care if itâ€™s my uncle or another solider. I donâ€™t think anyone has a right to touch that cross.â€ť