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White Cross World War I Memorial

Litigation regarding the cross on Sunrise Rock:

US Supreme Court Ruling of April 28, 2010

The history of the case is described in the Petition submitted to the US Supreme Court in October 2008.


On April 23, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union to exchange an acre of land at Sunrise Rock for a donated parcel of equal value.

On November 2, 2012, the Sunrise Rock parcel was conveyed to the California Veterans of Foreign Wars.In accordance with the settlement agreement, the National Park Service has installed a fence around the parcel with signs indicating that the plot is private property. Two entrance areas remain unfenced to allow public access, also required by the settlement. The National Park Service installed a plaque on Sunrise Rock describing this memorial commemorating American war veterans.

The Mojave Cross at Sunrise Rock received Congressional recognition in 2002 and is officially known as the White Cross World War I Memorial.

Did You Know?

photo of rattlesnake

The venom of the Mojave rattlesnake is extremely toxic and causes more respiratory distress than that of any other North American rattlesnake. Due to its unique hue, it is known locally as the Mojave green.